Neil Perry Retires From Rockpool Dining Group

The lauded chef calls last orders on his role in the business.

By Terry Christodoulou 06/07/2020

Neil Perry has announced his retirement as culinary director at Rockpool Dining Group.

According to a press release, Perry will instead focus on charitable endeavours while remaining a consultant and major shareholder of the dominant hospitality group.

Perry’s retirement comes after 40 years in the Australian culinary industry – a period that saw the chef create a heady list of feted restaurants and elevate a slew of talented chefs and teams.

“It will never be easy to move on from the restaurants I founded, and I do so with a heavy heart, but as the business and the sector set their sights on new beginnings, it is the right time for the next generation to have the opportunity afforded to me over 40 years ago,” Perry said in a statement.

Despite the news, Rockpool Dining Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Thomas Pash, claimed the business had positively emerged from the major disruptions sparked by Covid-19.

“Our plans are well on track and we thank Neil for his incredible commitment to the Group, not to mention the legacy that he leaves behind,” said Pash. “We are excited for Rockpool Dining Group’s future with many fantastic people driving the business forward during its next chapter whilst also maintaining and building on the DNA embedded by Neil in the business.”

It was in 2016 that Rockpool Dining Group was formed by Urban Purveyor Group after purchasing Perry’s hospitality assets, inclusive of famed Sydney fine diner Rockpool, for $60m.

In February it was reported that Perry was eagerly attempting to regain control of Rosetta, Spice Temple and Rockpool Bar & Grill. That deal is alleged to have been scuppered by the sudden rise and advancement of the current pandemic.

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