LEXUS CULINARY AMBASSADORS

World-class cuisine and experiences came together to create a truly magical escape for guests during the Melbourne Cup racing celebration.

BEN SHEWRY
Ever since stepping into a restaurant kitchen, renowned chef Ben Shewry has been a tireless student and innovator of the craft of cooking. The Lexus Ambassador believes that food has a deeper meaning than just to be consumed - it can be thought provoking and should appeal to all of the senses.

The executive chef of the iconic restaurant Attica draws inspiration from his upbringing in rural North Taranaki in New Zealand. This includes inspiration from the volcano, rivers, ocean and native bush that make up this land.

Ben's dedication to creating exquisite food has established his place as an integral contributor to the future of global cuisine. Attica was ranked at 21st in the world in the San Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants 2013 and was awarded Best Restaurant in Australasia in the San Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants 2014 and 2015.

DAN HONG
Renowned chef Dan Hong's passion for cooking started in the kitchen of his family's Vietnamese restaurants, setting him on a path to great success.

Dan honed his impressive skills at renowned Sydney restaurants like Longrain, Marque, and Bentley Restaurant and Bar, and in 2008 was awarded the prestigious Josephine Pignolet Best Young Chef Award at the SMH Good Food Guide Awards.
Dan further developed his skills in New York working for culinary legend Wylie Dufresne. Upon returning to Australia, he joined the Merivale group's Lotus restaurant as head chef where he created a menu that was simple, fresh and flavoursome.

With such a notable resume and a clear respect for the finest craftsmanship, Lexus was excited to appoint Dan a Lexus Ambassador and call upon his skills to help bring the sensory experience of the Lexus Design Pavilion to life.

NEIL PERRY
One of Australia's leading and most influential chefs, Neil Perry has managed a multitude of quality restaurants and is the founder of the successful Rockpool empire.

Neil's passion for quality produce is evident in all of his dishes and the projects he undertakes. The Lexus Ambassador and the restaurants that make up the Rockpool Restaurant Group have been the winner of numerous accolades and awards, a testament to his dedication and passion for quality food.

Continually striving to achieve excellence and consistent high quality in all that he does, Neil Perry has created a distinguished style that is recognised worldwide.