Behind the Kounta

No More Cock-Rock

Ben’s core goals in life are pretty basic, but none the less, admirable.
“Don’t be a jerk, achieve creative and financial independence, have a bloody good time without destroying anything.”

By Chloe Chaplin

Ben Shewry Chef/Owner of Attica and one of the country’s most globally renowned food leaders joined Lisa Abend to talk about the impact his early career experiences had on him and his journey as a person, and chef.

Ben’s early experiences within the industry inspired him to become a voice of change, cultivating a mission within to create an equal, safe and enjoyable work environment.

“People are doing too many hours, people are losing their cool, the behaviour in restaurants is just crazy, it doesn’t mirror society, we’re off in the wild west a little bit.

So, my idea, my wish, was to create the best small business that I could, not the best restaurant.”

Lisa Abend, a journalist, and author based in Copenhagen led a captivating discussion with Shewry, chatting about his perspectives on work-life balance and leadership.

We hire people based on attitude, and heart, not generally on skills, it’s very difficult to teach somebody to be a good person, it’s easier to teach them how to make a sauce.

Ben continues to remind us why he is one of our industry’s most respected speakers, igniting a fire within our ‘wild west’ industry to redefine the culture of the kitchen and the industry at large. Listen, share with your teams, and if you’re not already, join the movement to insight a fairer more diverse future for our industry.

Actions will speak louder than words – Ben Shewry

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Instagram post 18015598987264152 We were stoked to support our friends at 
@berkelo.au who put on a charity event over the weekend to fund the incredible efforts of the NSW Rural Fire Service @nswrfs.  We matched all donations dollar for dollar, to raise a grand total of $7,572  A big shout out to Tom and the crew at Berkelo, as well as everyone who attended, for making the day such a memorable and successful one!  #poweredbykounta
Instagram post 17854584520766733 This Saturday the 25th of Jan, our good mates at @berkelo.au are hosting a big fundraiser for the @nswrfs at Berkelo Brookvale from 8am - 1pm.  There’ll be a classic Aussie barbie, a kombucha stand, raffles, prizes, music, a plant sale and good vibes galore.  We’ll be matching all proceeds raised, dollar for dollar... so get on down and get behind this great cause!
Instagram post 17852912437277041 The OzHarvest Café reached over $10,000 raised over the weekend! Thank you to everyone who has come in for lunch or a coffee so far and to our partner kountapos who are using data from their point of sale system to help reduce food waste.
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Instagram post 18097220071127875 On Sunday our friends at @thesourcemosman put on a charity event to fund the efforts of @blazeaid - a volunteer-based organisation that works with families and individuals in rural Australia after natural disasters.  We were very proud to be involved, matching all donations dollar for dollar, to raise a grand total of $7,000.  It’s been incredible to see how our industry has responded to support people and communities affected by the recent bushfires... shout out to all the amazing hospo brands who are doing their bit!
Instagram post 17850459445528669 Ruby Cafe now powered by Kounta. We are focused on efficiency and improving our customers experience 😀
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