Treasured: Ben Shewry

Chef Ben Shewry of Australia's Attica, one of the World's 50 Best Restaurants.

What is your most treasured item?

"Here in the restaurant, I treasure this knife that I made myself. It's constructed out of a piece of carbon steel and timber from the Canberra bush fires, which I used to make the handle. I left a piece of the burn on the wood as a reminder of the deadly fires."

"I learned knife-making from two bladesmiths through Tharwa Valley Forge school, Karim Haddad and his 11-year-old daughter, Leila. She has been making knives since she was 5. After I went, I sent nine of my kitchen staff to make three knives each, so out of the 62 artisan knives we have in the restaurant, about 30 of them were made by my cooks."

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Melanie Dunea