Neil Perry retires from Rockpool Dining Group

Monday, 6 July 2020: Rockpool Dining Group today announces the retirement of Neil Perry from his daily role as Culinary Director and Ambassador within Rockpool Dining Group. Whilst Neil will no longer be active in the Group, he will remain a consultant and a major shareholder.

From today, Neil will focus on his charitable endeavours and the ongoing development of the Hope Delivery initiative, a charitable endeavour created by Neil and backed by the Rockpool Foundation to provide free meals for vulnerable individuals.

Neil’s retirement comes after 40 years of pioneering the Australian hospitality landscape and after supporting the Group and the industry through the most difficult period in its history. With Neil’s support, Rockpool Dining Group has navigated the recent Covid-19 pandemic with many of the Group restaurants now open and providing great experiences for customers and team members. The business post-Covid will embark on a new chapter, starting with the continual steady re-opening of restaurants, focus on customers, the team and suppliers, and providing the next generation of young chefs an opportunity to lead the hospitality industry into the future.

Neil leaves a legacy of amazing restaurants, talented chefs and a world-class culinary team, many of whom he has mentored since their apprenticeship days, and all of whom have witnessed firsthand his tireless and profound contribution to the Australian hospitality sector.

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

“The Group has embarked on an amazing post-Covid recovery with fabulous re-opening results. For now, I will throw my passion and effort into Hope Delivery, which supports those in need, as well as my other commitments.”

Rockpool Dining Group Chief Executive Officer Thomas Pash said all restaurants were off to a great start, with the teams delivering exceptional customer experiences. The Group’s strategy from the start of the Covid-19 crisis was to ensure it came out of this challenging period stronger and better than ever in order to provide opportunities for its amazing team and customers.

“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,” Mr Pash said.

“We thank Neil for everything he has done for the Industry over the past 40 years, in particular his amazing effort to support the community over many years and during its most challenging period. Neil has been a driving force in the industry and has been key to the successful re-opening of our venues.”

“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. The team will continue to strive to provide our customers and team with amazing experiences and opportunities. We look forward to continuing our friendship with Neil in the years ahead.”

Media enquiries: Rockpool Dining Group Director of PR Rachel Lebihan | 0438 701 573 | [email protected].




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