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Ben Shewry goes alone

Ben Shwery

As many of you know Attica is the sole Australian restaurant in the world’s top50 list. This is a statement on the sale of the restaurant to Ben Shewry released yesterday: “In an exciting step forward for Melbourne Restaurant Attica, its world renowned and longstanding Executive Chef, Ben Shewry, has acquired the restaurant and the brand effective immediately. The deal will see Shewry have 100% ownership of Attica and oversee all operations at the applauded venue, which lays claim to being the only Australian restaurant to be in the 2015 World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards. Shewry’s role as Executive Chef/Director further motivates the respected chef and he believes it will inject additional passion and innovation into Attica, ultimately enhancing, the working environment for staff and the experience for all who dine at the venue. “Since joining Attica in 2005, under the ownership and management of Helen and David Maccora, my focus and dedication has been completely entrenched in this restaurant and now is the time to take things to the next level,” stated Shewry. Shewry thanks David and Helen for the opportunity to work and build and now own what has been his absolute passion for the last ten years. From everyone here at Attica; Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to welcoming you to Attica in the near future.”

Barry Vera wants to sue me

Here is the solicitor’s letter in full. As in my terms on this site I state that every email is for publication, I’m publishing all correspondence. Confidential – Not for Publication Dear Mr Charles Re: We are a firm of solicitors from England, acting for Mr Barry Vera. As you may be aware Mr Vera is a professional Chef who previously held the position of Head Chef at the now closed Australian Restaurant ‘VERAS’. Mr Vera now resides and works in the UK. We are writing in relation to an article published on your website blog (herein ‘your Website’). It is our understanding that the article in question, titled ‘14 ways to tell when a restaurant will close down’ (herein ‘the Article’), was first published on 18th April 2007. Currently a search for ‘Barry Vera’ on either the or search engine provides a results page in which the URL to the Article is prominently displayed. We should make it clear that Mr Vera has no objection to the substantive content of the Article itself, or of your Website in general. As you are no doubt aware, the Article does however contain a comments section where users can anonymously post items. We note that this section is almost entirely made up of statements regarding Mr Vera and, in particular, his involvement with VERAS and a few other establishments. These statements are often phrased in abusive language and constitute a variety of unsubstantiated accusations and allegations, which are entirely refuted by Mr Vera, and are highly damaging to Mr Vera’s reputation as a professional chef. It is our understanding that the comments are likely the result of a mistaken belief as to Mr Vera’s role and involvement at VERAS, and as such are presented as factual information. The comments are in fact, at best conjecture, and at worst a deliberate attempt to direct blame toward Mr Vera who, as head chef, is an easy albeit unjustified target. Whilst we appreciate the individual(s) making the anonymous comments appear to be genuinely upset, directing their anger at Mr Vera in the manner they have – in lieu of reaching out to Mr Vera (or those actually responsible for the acts complained of) would have been a far more appropriate and legal means by which to seek a resolution to any dispute. Having considered the comments in detail, we have advised… Read more »