Vue de Monde appoints new 24-year-old executive chef
Shannon Bennett’s Vue de Monde has appointed a new executive chef to kickstart what they’re calling a “renaissance” for the Melbourne fine-diner.
24-year-old Hugh Allen joins Vue de Monde after three years with René Redzepi at Noma, Copenhagen, which has been named best restaurant in the world four times in the World’s 50 Best.
After getting one of the coveted chef jobs at Noma’s Sydney pop up in 2016, Allen was offered a permanent position in Copenhagen, before joining the team for its second pop-up in Tulum, Mexico, in 2018.
He returned to Melbourne in late 2018 to take on the role as the Vue Group’s sous chef under the group’s executive chef Justin James, who oversees Vue Group’s other venues, including Jardin Tan, Piggery Cafe, Iki-Jime, Burnham Bakery and Benny Burger.
“With the expansion of Justin’s role within the group, it makes for a great opportunity to appoint a new Executive Chef at Vue de monde,” comments Bennett, the Vue Group’s founder and creative director.
“Hugh is one of Australia’s most esteemed contemporary chefs and we’re keen to tap into his culinary flair and knowledge of the craft following his experience cooking in some of the world’s best restaurants.”
After Allen’s apprenticeship at Rockpool at the age of 15, his first permanent job was at Vue de Monde, during which time Allen was also awarded the Gault & Millau Young Chef of the Year at the age of 18 in 2016.
“Vue de monde has always felt like home. I’m excited to draw inspiration from my recent travels and apply it to this iconic restaurant,” he says.
Allen has been testing the waters at Vue de Monde for the past five weeks and has now changed more than half of the menu.
After three years with the chef who popularised native and foraged ingredients in food, Allen will now work closely with Bennett and Vue de Monde head chef Chris Marshall to evolve the menu, honing in on local and native produce.