Matthew Kenney to open plant-based restaurant in Sydney

16 February, 2018 by
Brittney Levinson

US chef, restaurateur and pioneer of plant-based cuisine Matthew Kenney will open his first Australian restaurant in Sydney next month.

Casual lounge-style restaurant and bar Alibi will take over the ground floor of the Ovolo hotel in Woolloomooloo, offering a plant-based dining menu with a focus on seasonal dishes.

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After graduating from the French Culinary Institute, Kenney developed a number of restaurants in New York City before focusing his career entirely on plant-based foods.

He says the timing was right to open a restaurant in Australia.

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“Australia is seen as a leader in wellbeing and lifestyle and Ovolo came to me with the opportunity at the right time,” he says.

“The food scene is so vibrant here – great produce, chefs, sunshine. I’m enjoying exploring the amazing and diverse produce available in Australia.”

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The menu at Alibi will be overseen by group executive chef Kasper Christensen, who will also revamp the breakfast and room service offering to focus more on plant-based meals.