First there was Ben Shewry, the promising kid out in the suburbs. Then came Ben Shewry, a man on a mission and a chef on the ascendant. Today it's Ben Shewry, spokesperson for Australian restaurants abroad. Never mind that it's not a role of his choosing (and never mind that he's a Kiwi), by dint of his particular interest and ambitions Shewry has fashioned a restaurant not quite like any other on this or any other continent. Along the way he has attracted a band of like-minded collaborators who are drawn to his vision of Attica as a place that's engaged with the community, as committed to social responsibility as it is to feats of culinary daring. Maybe you went to Attica a couple of years ago and liked it. (That potato cooked in earth was really something, wasn't it?) The Attica of today is a different restaurant. Bigger physically, yes, but it's also greater and more substantial. It now has the gardens and test kitchen-trappings that are de rigueur for eateries on the global stage, but it has lost none of its heart. And yes, you'll eat and drink here better than ever.
2014 has been an exciting year in food, making for a particularly interesting crop of winners in the 2015 Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide Awards. Hungry for talent? Read on.