By Charlie Coë For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 03:11 GMT, 1 November 2020 | Updated: 03:16 GMT, 1 November 2020
Celebrity chef Shannon Bennett has hit out at 'dictatorial' officials who he claims are stifling his redevelopment of a historic mansion into a luxury six-star resort by making unreasonable demands for repairs.
The head chef at Melbourne restaurant Vue de monde and his business partner have already poured millions into transforming the iconic Burnham Beeches mansion in the Dandenong Ranges, 40km east of Melbourne.
They planned to turn the state-listed building - which they took over in 2010 - into a hotel with a microbrewery, shop and new restaurant.
Bennett was given approval to transform the property in 2018 but now claims a deal with a leading high-end hotel chain could be under threat after Heritage Victoria demanded he complete a series of minor but costly alterations to the property.
Celebrity chef Shannon Bennett with his former partner Madeleine West. Bennett has hit out at what he called 'dictatorial' heritage bureaucrats who he claims are stifling his redevelopment of a historic mansion near Melbourne
Plans for the state-listed Art Moderne