Originator of popular restaurant group, Rockpool, Neil Perry has become a celebrity of the Australian culinary landscape. His philosophy follows a dedication to sourcing the finest ingredients and it’s this, accompanied by excellent service and aptly chosen locations, which draw a replenishing line of curious and loyal diners alike. Neil’s success attracts international recognition and a string of awards.
Neil opened Rockpool in February 1989 with his partner Trish Richards, which has developed into a world class restaurant, winning many awards both here and overseas. In October 2006, Neil made his first foray interstate, opening Rockpool Bar and Grill in the Crown Complex in Melbourne.
In early 2009, Neil opened Spice Temple in Sydney, followed shortly after by Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney. Neil's passion and the importance he places on quality produce is evident in all his dishes and the business projects he undertakes. Rockpool is a past recipient of The Sydney Morning Herald's Good Food Guide Restaurant of the Year award, Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant of the Year and was voted in the top 50 restaurants in the world by UK magazine Restaurant seven years running. Additionally, Rockpool Bar & Grill Melbourne won The Age Good Food Guide's Restaurant of the Year award in 2008.
Neil is also the host of five series of The LifeStyle Channel's multi-award-winning food program, Food Source - Neil Perry (which the BBC acquired for broadcast on BBC2); the 14-part series Neil Perry Fresh & Fast where he makes sensational meals in minutes; and Neil Perry Rockpool Sessions, a seven-part series that goes behind the scenes to discover what it takes to run one of the world's best restaurants.
In February 2009, Rockpool Restaurant celebrated its 20th anniversary in The Rocks, Sydney. Over the years, it has consistently been highly recommended by food critics throughout Australia and the world. Rockpool's reputation is due to Neil?s passion for perfection, which has enabled it to train the very best staff and source the very best suppliers, who also strive for the utmost of quality in the products they supply.