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The Team

Each product you see in the Vue Shop has a reason behind it, and all are curated to amplify your culinary experiences.  With this in mind, each product is hand-picked or created by our team here at Vue Group, and we'd like you to get to know them a little.

Shannon Bennett, Creative Director, Vue Group

Over 18 years ago and at the tender age of 24 years old, Shannon Bennet opened his first restaurant Vue de monde, where his edgy approach combined with an obsession for classical cuisine established a cult following established amongst Melbourne’s diners.

Shannon’s is one of Australia’s most exciting chefs and restaurateurs, and he achieves this through his commitment to the dining experience as a whole; from the sourcing of rare ingredients to his uncompromising approach to classical technique and his insistence on the very best of restaurant service, including crockery, cutlery, and glassware. 

Justin James, Executive Chef, Vue Group

As Executive Chef of Vue de monde and Vue Group, Justin focuses on pushing the boundaries of Australian cuisine and he places great importance on the guest experience.
What’s key for Justin is to tell the narrative of the cuisine but not overtly in order to keep some mystery. It’s a fine line but when done right, it is a beautiful experience. Seasonality, locality, native Australian produce, phenomenal products, and culture drive Justin.

Carlos Simoes Santos, Head Sommelier, Vue de monde

Carlos Simões imparts his wine knowledge with passion and erudition. His fascination and influence began with his family vineyard in Portugal which developed into a lifelong journey exploring the world of hospitality.
Having immersed himself in the Old and New World of wine, Carlos has achieved the formal title of Advanced Master Sommelier and brings to Vue de monde a wealth of knowledge, an unwavering eye for detail and an enviable palate.