‘‘Hospo power couple’’ | Restaurateur and chef, The Lucky Bee | Camp Kitchen Queen Bees
Partners in life and business, Rupert Noffs and chef Matty Bennett have shared an incredible journey. Combining their unique skills and backgrounds, the two are the creative force behind their internationally renowned restaurant and brand, The Lucky Bee.
Fate brought the pair together in 2003 on a cruise ship. Rupert, a graduate of Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art, was performing on board. Chef Matty was taking time out to travel, working as a DJ and lighting technician. The rest is romantic and professional history.
Rupert, the inventive mind behind The Lucky Bee brand, worked in marketing, events and fashion for almost two decades. He was a panellist at Melbourne Fashion Week, a style judge for GRAZIA and Hello magazines, and has had a strong involvement in his family’s charity, The Ted Noffs Foundation. As an actor, Rupert has co-starred alongside Academy Award Nominee Jacki Weaver on MTV, performed as Bob Downe’s nephew in San Francisco, and featured on Channel Seven’s hit show All Together Now.
Matty trained as a chef in Manchester, England. Arriving in Sydney in 2004 with Rupert, he joined the team at award-winning Asian restaurant Longrain for a six-year stint. In 2011, the pair headed to New York City, where Matty scored a role at leading farm-to-table restaurant The Fat Radish. Matty and Rupert eventually joined forces to establish a private chef and catering company with a stellar clientele, including Sarah Jessica Parker and LL Cool J.
The power couple became the buzz of The Big Apple when they opened The Lucky Bee in 2016. Situated in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the neon pink Thai eatery was named “The Hottest Restaurant in Manhattan” by Eater NY for three months running. They were featured on the cover of The New York Times food section, TimeOut NY, Vogue, WWD, The New York Post, and The New Yorker. The new restaurateurs were declared “Best Restaurant Couple” by The Village Voice, and listed in OUT’s “60 Power Couples You Should Know”. They hosted a who’s who of celebrities, including Sir Salman Rushdie, Chris Rock, Lucy Lui, Diane Kruger and Barbra Streisand.
After seven years of success in the US, Rupert and Matty relocated to Sydney’s Central Coast to reconnect with family and friends. The Lucky Bee down under opened its doors in Woy Woy in June 2018, shaking up the local dining scene. The restaurant has since moved to Hardys Bay, where it continues to attract crowds.
Matty’s passion lies working with the freshest produce available to create delicious Modern Asian dishes. Rupert brings the glitz and glam, the marketing nous and the fluoro pink. Together, they plan to shake up Australia’s food entertainment scene with their next project, a travelling cooking show called Camp Kitchen.