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Barry McDonald
, 1997

by Selina Snow

synthetic polymer paint on canvas (support: 76.0 cm x 56.4 cm)

Barry McDonald, providore and entrepreneur, established the online ventures and, which supply thousands of restaurants and homes across Australia. With his brother Jamie, in 1989 McDonald established B&J Lizzard, a fruit and vegetable wholesale business at the Paddington fruit market. The business, patronized by Neil Perry and other top chefs, is credited with raising Australian industry standards and customer expectations of specialist fruit and vegetables. In 1998 he opened the boutique food store Fuel in Crown Street, Surry Hills, and in 2004, the produce warehouse Fratelli Fresh in Waterloo, Sydney, containing the restaurant Café Sopra. A Sydney sensation, Fratelli expanded to six venues. McDonald collaborated with the late Joan Campbell on the cookbook From Market to Table in 2002 and has written on food for the (Sydney) magazine. Having sold his Fratelli concerns as well as his Circular Quay French restaurant Café Nice in 2016, he recently opened a salad bar, Green Dream, in Bondi.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 1999
Accession number: 1999.68