Last year, Fairfax Media reported that celebrity chef George Calombaris had underpaid 160 staff more than $2.6 million.
Recently, the ABC reported allegations about unpaid overtime and underpayment at another high-end restaurant business, Shannon Bennett’s Vue de Monde. Vue denied the claims.
Chefs at Rockpool Dining Group restaurants say they are now working fewer hours, but working even harder while at work as the reduction in hours has not been met with an increase in staff. Senior management was under heavy pressure, sources said.
There have also been surprise pay rises given to many staff.
A Rockpool Dining Group spokeswoman would not comment directly on whether its cuts to hours were an admission of wrongdoing.