Well the doors have been open for nearly two weeks now, and what a fabulous two weeks we’ve had so far. The interest and support from everyone has been overwhelming. And so much love has been shown towards our chefs. So it’s only fair we introduce to you… Head Chef Ben Sommariva.


  1. In 50 words or less, how would you describe yourself for people getting to know you?

A jovial character (hahahahaha) but in the kitchen I’m very serious. Friendly… I suppose, good humour and fun to be around. What is this, Tinder?


  1. What’s your favourite dish to cook and eat, and why?

Spaghetti Puttanesca – it ticks all the boxes. It reminds me of home and my childhood. It’s beautiful in all seasons it’s ‘unami’ fifth flavour, simple 3 ingredients.


  1. Why do you want to work at The General?

I’ve been waiting for ‘this’ (the concept) for years. Being totally a part of the whole project. I haven’t only just been designing the kitchen, I’ve been helping with painting and landscaping and have been putting myself into the construction of The General. It’s stressful at times and can be frustrating, but I’m looking forward to watching the soul of The General grow. It’s a blessing.


  1. Where has your passion for food and wine come from?

My family. Nona always said it doesn’t matter how big your wallet is but it’s whats on the table. If you eat like a king, you are a king. Foods always been a huge part of my life. Food is life.


  1. From your past experience in other kitchens, what do you think makes The General so unique?

We are inviting people to our home, The General is a home, it’s a third space for people to come relax enjoy time with their family friends and eat and drink.

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