BARRY VERA is chef director at the ONE Group and keeps a watchful eye on a number of restaurants including STK, Asellina and ME in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
As well as being an accomplished chef, he is also an author and television presenter, who enjoys sharing his passion for food, whether it be in the kitchen creating dishes, directing his team of chefs across the world, writing about his wonderful food-inspired experiences or sharing them on Radio or TV.
BARRY’S culinary journey has taken him all over the UK, France, Canada, South Africa and Australia and he has worked as Head Chef in Michelin starred establishments and reputable fine dining restaurants such as Le Pont de la Tour, Quaglinos & Cantina, Marco Pierre Whites’ Les Saveurs & MPW & The Waldorf in the UK as well as serving as Executive Chef at Blues Restaurant in Camps Bay and the Table Bay Hotel on the waterfront of Cape Town Harbour in South Africa.
BARRY moved to Melbourne in 2001 to become Executive Chef at the famous Mansion Hotel and opened his own restaurant, ‘vera’ to rave reviews on Valentine’s Day 2006, with one of Barry’s creations being named one of the top dishes to eat in Melbourne that year. He was also voted ‘An Icon of Australian Food’ by Vogue Entertaining & Travel in their 25th Birthday Edition.
BARRY is also the presenter and writer for Discovery Channel’s ‘Feast’ television series which takes viewers on a culinary and cultural journey through exotic destinations such as India, Morocco, Syria, and Greece and was aired in over 80 countries. He also released his second book ‘Feast Bazaar’ based on his journeys through India, Syria & Morocco. His first book ‘The Home Cook’ was a mix of his favorite recipes.