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

@kountapos #poweredbykounta