Shannon was born in 1975 and raised in Westmeadows, Melbourne. He attended Penleigh Essendon Grammar school, where an opportunity to travel to Penleigh Ladies College to study home economics was too good to pass up.

He trained at Melbourne’s Grand Hyatt and then moved to Europe, where he worked for some of the world’s great chefs including Albert Roux, John Burton-Race, Marco Pierre White and Alain Ducasse.

Returning to Melbourne in 2000 at the age of 24, Shannon opened his first restaurant, Vue de monde.

In 2003, Australian Gourmet Traveller awarded him its inaugural Best New Talent title.

His restaurants Café Vue and Bistro Vue followed in 2006 and by 2010, three more Café Vue outlets had opened in Melbourne.

The Age Good Food Guide has awarded Vue de monde its Restaurant of the year on several occasions. 

Shannon has also written numerous books including My Vue and Shannon Bennett’s Paris

His latest projects include the opening of IKI-JIME seafood restaurant and the complete redevelopment of the Burnham Beeches property at the foothills of the Dandenongs.