‘Fresh start’ as Rockpool’s Neil Perry calls it quits

Celebrity chef Neil Perry is calling it quits after 40 years building one of Australia’s most well-known and respected restaurant groups.

Now 63-years-old, Perry founded hatted restaurants such as Rockpool Bar and Grill, Spice Temple and Rosetta before selling Rockpool Group’s 47 venues to the Urban Purveyor Group for $60 million in 2016.

Perry announced he is stepping away from the role of culinary director and ambassador within the Rockpool Dining Group but will remain a consultant and a major shareholder. He will also focus on his charitable work, including the Hope Delivery initiative.

Plans to buy back some of his iconic venues form Rockpool Dining Group were derailed by the Covod-19 shutdown, which muddied the true value of the venues.

“As the business now needs to embark on a new chapter, it is time for a fresh start,” he said.

“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.”