Megan Gale and Shaun Hampson’s restaurant suffers ‘serious fire’

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Supermodel Megan Gale and former AFL footballer Shaun Hampson’s restaurant will be shut until further notice after a fire in Melbourne’s inner north-west.

Hampson, a ruckman who played almost 100 games for Richmond and Carlton over a decade until his 2018 retirement, posted on Instagram that Ascot Food + Wine would be closed temporarily after a “serious fire”.

Shaun Hampson confirmed the restaurant he co-owns with wife Megan Gale was damaged by a fire on Tuesday.Credit: Instagram

“It is with heavy hearts we wish to inform everyone that we will be close until further notice,” a post on the restaurant’s social media account also read on Tuesday night.

“Everyone is safe and a big shoutout to everyone that came to our aid.”

Fire Rescue Victoria confirmed it was called to a kitchen fire on Ascot Vale Road in Moonee Ponds at 4.48pm on Tuesday.

FRV said in a statement that crews arrived at the scene four minutes later to find a fire in the restaurant kitchen. The property was unoccupied at the time of the fire.

The interior of the restaurant in 2021.Credit: Eddie Jim

“The fire was quickly contained to an area in the kitchen, preventing further spread. FRV crews had the fire under control at 4.56pm,” Melbourne’s firefighting service said.

FRV said the City of Moonee Valley’s health inspector was notified and Victoria Police attended. Both have been contacted for comment.

Gale rose to modelling prominence near the turn of the 20th century and had a long-standing partnership with department store, David Jones. She has also appeared in films such as Mad Max: Fury Road and The Water Diviner.

Gale and Hampson had a child together in 2017 and co-own Ascot Food + Wine with chef Dave Stewart.

Model Megan Gale co-owns the restaurant with her partner, Shaun Hampson.

The venue was launched as a breakfast spot in 2014, but has since transformed into a fine-dining restaurant.

This masthead’s Good Food review awarded the restaurant 4½ (out of five) in 2021.

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