Ex-Noma chef returns to lead Vue de monde

Vue de monde has appointed Hugh Allen as its new executive chef.

He returns to the Melbourne fine dining institution after spending the last three years at the internationally renowned, two-Michelin-star restaurant, Noma, working closely with chef René Redzepi in Copenhagen.

Justin James will continue his role as Group executive chef, with focus on a pipeline of new ventures across Vue Group’s other venues, including Jardin Tan, Piggery Cafe, Iki-Jime, Burnham Bakery and Benny Burger.

Vue Group’s founder and creative director Shannon Bennett said he was looking forward to working closely with Allen to continue evolving Vue de monde’s dining experience.

“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,” said Bennett.

“Following in the group’s philosophy of promoting rising stars, Hugh is the perfect candidate with his invaluable experience starting with an apprenticeship at Rockpool Group before furthering his skills at Vue de monde and then Noma.

“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.”

Allen said he was thrilled to be working for Vue de monde again, saying it has always “felt like home”.

“I’m excited to draw inspiration from my recent travels and apply it to this iconic restaurant,” he said.