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The Best (Culinary) Show in Town: Bennelong Restaurant

Bennelong Restaurant, Sydney

Showcasing the best of Australian cuisine against the stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour and the iconic Sydney Opera House is the task of world renowned chef Peter Gilmore at the revamped Bennelong Restaurant.

The concept takes advantage of Bennelong’s multi-level layout by presenting different dining options including The Restaurant, Cured & Cultured and The Bar.

Each part of the restaurant delivers a different dining experience and given its unique location, the entertainment is multi-dimensional – divine food and wines, accompanied by orchestral works or operatic performances.

A perfect example of this multi-dimensional experience is the collaboration between Bennelong’s Peter Gilmore and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for Good Food Month. Lunch time diners will be able to enjoy a show-stopping menu inspired by music. Each course will be accompanied by an intimate performance in the restaurant.

roasted john dory, bennelong  seared sea scallops, bennelong

Bennelong was recently awarded two hats and named Best New Restaurant for its high-art food “gently and sensitively executed” in the 2016 Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide – a well deserved honour.

With a virtually blank canvas to work from, the possibilities were endless for Gilmore when designing the new restaurant.

The main challenge was to create a kitchen that provided a functioning layout with a smooth flow, while combining systems that would integrate into the extraordinary architecture of the Opera House.Bennelong Sydney Opera House

Platinum Commercial Kitchens worked with Chef Gilmore to design a kitchen worthy of this Australian cultural landmark.

The brief for the kitchen fit out required an approach that matched the high-end theme of the restaurant design, while maintaining logical functionality and incorporating high quality equipment.

Peter specifically requested cabinets with drawers and Gastro-norm trays in the new kitchen.

Having worked with SKOPE equipment in the past, Anthony Scauso from Platinum knew SKOPE cabinets had the versatility and qualities required for this design and that the aesthetic would be the perfect match for the restaurant’s style.

SKOPE Pegasus cabinets with drawers were chosen as the perfect solution to the specified requirements, while also providing quality and reliability.

“SKOPE was easy to deal with and provided support all the way through from start to finish.Sydney Opera House

SKOPE are reliable and live up to their name in quality, and back up their products with support and a good warranty offer,” Anthony commented.

Chef de Cuisine Rob Cockerill, Peter’s right hand man, said “We chose SKOPE cabinets as they are a great brand that stands up to high-end cooking.”

The bar was fitted with SKOPE backbars, providing a sophisticated finish and perfect merchandising of the selected Australian wines.

The build and fit out of Bennelong was not without its challenges, including having to carry large equipment up the stairs as it would not fit in the service lifts, however the high ratings received by the restaurant since opening are a clear indication of the effectiveness of the fitout in ensuring a smooth running and efficient restaurant perfectly aligned with the quality of its cuisine.