Shannon Bennett

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Shannon Bennett
Born (1975-11-23) 23 November 1975 (age 43)
OccupationChef, author

Shannon Bennett (born 23 November 1975)[1] is an Australian chef and author. He is best known as the head chef of restaurant Vue de monde,[2][3] at Melbourne's Rialto Tower as well as many appearances as a guest judge on the popular cooking show MasterChef Australia.

Bennett also owns and operates several other hospitality venues in Melbourne – Vue Events at Rialto, The Lui Bar, Bistro Vue, Benny Burger and Café Vue in two locations - and has written six books. He has appeared on a number of Australian food television shows and he is a brand ambassador for Miele and Audi and Nespresso.[4][citation needed]


Bennett was raised in Westmeadows, Victoria. He attended Penleigh & Essendon Grammar school. Together with classmate Curtis Stone, Bennett realised a passion for cooking and he was subsequently introduced to the restaurant trade by his uncle Tom. Bennett completed his apprenticeship at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne before working overseas and then returning to Melbourne to open Vue de monde.[5]

Bennett was in a relationship with Australian actress Madeleine West from 2005 to 2018.[6] The couple have six children.


In 2003, he was awarded Gourmet Traveller Magazine's inaugural ‘Best New Talent’ title. Bennett relocated the restaurant in 2005 to Melbourne's CBD.

Bennett was invited to be the first Australian member of the associations Jeunes Restaurateurs D’Europe and Le Grand Tables Du Monde. In 2007 Bennett was a guest chef at New York's Star Chefs Congress. Vue de monde was awarded Restaurant of the Year in The Age Good Food Guide, 2013 and 2014.[7]

Bennett's current projects include the complete redevelopment of the Burnham Beeches property while the Vietnamese/French-twist food establishment, "Jardin Tan" opened in July 2014 in Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens.[8][9]


In 2018, Bennett received considerable attention in the media over a series of unpaid bills including the alleged underpayment and overworking of his staff at the Vue-de-Monde restaurant.[10][11]

Further media attention was also given as to his refusal to pay a long outstanding debt over the installation of a $10,000 crayfish tank at his restaurant, [12] [13], although the matter was resolved in early 2018 with details of the settlement hidden within a confidentiality agreement.

A national current affairs television program also ran a story with more examples of unpaid bills to local builders involved in the building of Bennett's multimillion-dollar South Yarra mansion in Melbourne. [14] The story also covered concerns raised by residents regarding the current state of disrepair of the Norris building, the proposed removal of the National Trust listed Beech trees and other issues surrounding Bennett's proposed new development of the Burnham Beeches Estate in the Yarra Valley.


  • 28 days in Provence ISBN 0522858074
  • Cooking All Over the World ISBN 9781921383823
  • My French Vue - Bistro cooking at Home ISBN 9780731814206
  • My Vue Modern French Cookery ISBN 0731813219
  • Shannon Bennett’s France ISBN 9780522862096
  • Shannon Bennett’s London ISBN 9781743791745
  • Shannon Bennett’s Paris ISBN 0522858139
  • Shannon Bennett’s New York ISBN 9780522861808


  • 2003 Australian Gourmet Traveller, Inaugural award 'Best New Talent'[15]
  • 2004 San Pellegrino Cooking Cup, Venice, Italy 2004, Overall winner & winner best dish[7]
  • 2012 Eat-Drink-Design Awards Best Bar Design[16] Best Restaurant Design[17]
  • 2013 The Age Good Food Guide[18]
  • 2013 Bistro Vue, Top 10 French restaurants[19]
  • 2012 Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide[20]
  • 2012 The Age Good Bar Guide -The Lui bar - winner best restaurant bar - two glasses And Bistro vue - 1 glass[21]
  • Australian interior design awards[22]
Hospitality Design
Sustainability Advancement Award
  • 2011 Wine spectator[23]
  • Gourmet traveller fine wine partners[24]


  1. ^ Shannon, Bennett (2007). My Vue: Modern French Cookery. Simon & Schuster Australia. ISBN 9780731813216.
  2. ^ "Shannon Bennett biography". Vue de monde. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  3. ^ Grands Tabled su monde. "Vue demon de". Grands Tabled su monde. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  4. ^ Mohajer, Mahsa. "Vue de monde official website". Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  5. ^ Shannon, Bennett (2013). 28 Days in Provence: Food and Family in the Heart of France. Melbourne University Publishing. ISBN 9780522858075.
  6. ^ "MasterChef's Shannon Bennett and Madeleine West split". Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  7. ^ a b Vue de monde. "Vue de monde". Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  8. ^ Egger, Simone (25 July 2014). "Just open: Jardin Tan, Royal Botanic Gardens". Good Food. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Jardin Tan". Gourmet Traveller. 25 July 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  10. ^ "VUE-DE-MONDE UNDERPAID WORKERS". Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Vue de monde celebrity chef in hot water over unpaid bills". Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  12. ^ "Celebrity chef shannon bennett refuses to shell out on lobster tank".
  13. ^ "Celebrity chef reaped 15m restaurant deal tank dispute".
  14. ^ "Vue de monde celebrity chef in hot water over unpaid bills". Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  15. ^ "Best new talent". EBSCO Host. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  16. ^ "Eat-Drink-Design Awards 2012 - High commendation: Lui Bar". EAT-DRINK-DESIGN. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  17. ^ "Eat-Drink-Design Awards 2012 - Best Restaurant Design". EAT-DRINK-DESIGN. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  18. ^ "Restaurant of the Year". Good food guides. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  19. ^ "Top 10 French restaurants". Good food Guides. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  20. ^ "Australian Gourmet Traveller 2012 Restaurant Awards: The top 100". Australian Gourmet Traveller. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  21. ^ "Winners of The Age Good Bar Guide 2012". The AGE. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  22. ^ "2012 Hospitality Design | Award". Australian interior design awards. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  23. ^ "Vue de monde - Best Award of Excellence". Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  24. ^ "GOURMET TRAVELLER FINE WINE PARTNERS". Wine spectator. Retrieved 18 March 2013.