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Australia’s most famous chef, Neil Perry, announces retirement after 40 years behind the stove

Australia’s most famous chef, Neil Perry, announces retirement after 40 years behind the stove

  • Neil Perry of Rockpool Dining Group announced his retirement after 40 years
  • The chef opened his first restaurant on Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach in 1986
  • He revealed that he is retiring to develop Hope Delivery and feed the poor
  • Perry is known for the loyal The Argle, Rockpool and El Camino Cantina from Sydney

One of Australia’s foremost chefs, Nick Perry, has announced his retirement after feeding hungry guests in his famous restaurants for 40 years.

Perry, 63, retires from his role as Culinary Director of Rockpool Dining Group, which owns Sydney stalwarts such as The Argyle, Rockpool and El Camino Cantina.

Perry opened its first restaurant, Blue Water Grill, on Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach in 1986 and immediately made a name for itself in the culinary world.

The company revealed that Perry would remain a major shareholder, but wants to focus on its charity, Hope Delivery initiative, which provides meals for vulnerable people.

One of Australia's most famous chefs, Neil Perry (pictured), announced his retirement after 40 years to build on his charity activities

One of Australia’s most famous chefs, Neil Perry (pictured), announced his retirement after 40 years to build on his charity activities

Perry says goodbye to his role as Culinary Director of Rockpool Dining Group, which owns establishments such as Argyle, Rockpool (pictured) and El Camino Cantina

Perry says goodbye to his role as Culinary Director of Rockpool Dining Group, which owns establishments such as Argyle, Rockpool (pictured) and El Camino Cantina

Perry says goodbye to his role as Culinary Director of Rockpool Dining Group, which owns establishments such as Argyle, Rockpool (pictured) and El Camino Cantina

His retirement is due to the fact that several of the group’s restaurants have reopened following the flare-up of the coronavirus pandemic in New South Wales.

“As the company needs to start a new chapter now, it’s time for a fresh start,” said Perry.

“It will never be easy to get away from the restaurants I set up, and I do it with a heavy heart.

“But as the company and industry set their sights on a new beginning, it’s the right time for the next generation to give me the opportunity over 40 years ago.”

“The Group has started a great recovery after COVID with fantastic reopening results.

“For the time being, I will put my passion and effort into Hope Delivery, which supports those in need, as well as my other commitments.”

Several high-profile chefs and celebrities wished Perry the best for his new career and congratulated him on his 40-year success.

His retirement comes as several of the group's restaurants reopen after the flare-up of the coronavirus pandemic in New South Wales (photo, The Argyle)

His retirement comes as several of the group's restaurants reopen after the flare-up of the coronavirus pandemic in New South Wales (photo, The Argyle)

His retirement comes as several of the group’s restaurants reopen after the flare-up of the coronavirus pandemic in New South Wales (photo, The Argyle)

Several high-profile chefs and celebrities wished Perry (photo) the best for his new venture and congratulated him on his 40-year career

Several high-profile chefs and celebrities wished Perry (photo) the best for his new venture and congratulated him on his 40-year career

Several high-profile chefs and celebrities wished Perry (photo) the best for his new venture and congratulated him on his 40-year career

Veteran chef Mark Best tweeted: “Bravo Chef. One of the big ones. Without your amazing talent and energy, Australian cuisine wouldn’t be where it is. ‘

Author Ros Reines said, “Congratulations to Neil Perry for an excellent career.

“I remember the excitement of going to Bluewater Grill in North Bondi and the sense of wonder and gratitude for the original Rockpool.

“It was a new world of taste sensations with the space between the tables a runway.”

Restorer Luke Mangan called Perry ‘one of the best in the business,’ he said Good food.

Thomas Pash, CEO of Rockpool Dining Group, thanked Perry for his service and dedication to the company.

Thomas Pash, CEO of Rockpool Dining Group, thanked Perry for his service and dedication to the company (photo, El Camino Cantina)

Thomas Pash, CEO of Rockpool Dining Group, thanked Perry for his service and dedication to the company (photo, El Camino Cantina)

Thomas Pash, CEO of Rockpool Dining Group, thanked Perry for his service and dedication to the company (photo, El Camino Cantina)

“Neil has been a driving force in the industry and has been key to the successful reopening of our sites,” said Pash.

He said he was excited for the next chapter of Rockpool Dining Group’s future.

Good Food reported in 2018 that the Rockpool Dining Group had discovered staff underpaid by $ 1.6 million.

The inconsistency apparently emerged after a review of the payroll.

The group said they would reimburse personnel shorted.

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