Sydney is poised to welcome another global food star, with chef Jason Atherton, the owner of Pollen Street Social - a member of the elite World's 100 Best Restaurants club - tipped to open a restaurant next year at Broadway.
Atherton would be the latest high-profile arrival, following in the footsteps of David Chang at Momofuku Seiobo and pipping fellow Brit Heston Blumenthal, who has been linked of late with several Sydney sites.
Atherton's Sydney play is tied to his business relationship with Singaporean entrepreneur Loh Lik Peng, who is building a boutique hotel on the site of the former Carlton & United Brewery administration building and the Clare Hotel at Broadway.
The hotel, which opens next year, will include a rooftop bar and swimming pool, two signature restaurants and a specialist ''dessert'' venue. A ''marquee'' chef is to be announced for the project later this year. But deep into a profile on Atherton in The Guardian newspaper in Britain, it mentions a business meeting between Atherton and Peng: ''Their plans for the former Foster's brewery building in Sydney are laid out on the table. 'What do the Australians eat for breakfast?' Peng wonders. 'Well, I do this great kind of mini-English breakfast on a proper pizza,' Atherton suggests.''