Peter is the Executive Chef of Bennelong and its sister restaurant Quay, both situated at the edge of Sydney Harbour. Peter, along with Fink, reopened Bennelong restaurant in the Sydney Opera House in July 2015 to critical acclaim taking out the title for ‘Best New Restaurant’ at all three major Australian Restaurant Awards.
Across both restaurants, Peter describes his cuisine as food inspired by nature and as a passionate gardener himself, he was one of the first chefs in Australia to embrace heirloom varieties of vegetables and continues to work in partnership with small and artisan producers who cultivate bespoke produce exclusively for both Quay and Bennelong.
Peter’s creative and original cuisine has seen both restaurants receive an unprecedented number of Australian and international awards. He has released three cookbooks, Quay: Food Inspired by Nature published in 2010, Organum: nature, texture, intensity, purity in 2014, and From The Earth published in 2018.
Peter continues to be a leading figure in Australia’s vibrant food scene.
John Fink is a restaurateur, a writer and a filmmaker. As Creative Director of Fink, John runs the family restaurant business with his father, long-time restaurateur, theatre-owner and hotelier Leon Fink.
Rob is the Head Chef at Bennelong. For seven consecutive years prior, he was Senior Sous Chef at Quay where he was able to immerse himself in the innovative cuisine of Chef Gilmore and work closely alongside him in building invaluable relationships with Quay producers – the Australian farmers, fishermen and growers. Rob works hard in delivering the Bennelong experience – the very best Australian produce within a uniquely Australian space.
Trish is the General Manager at Bennelong. Like a performance at the Sydney Opera House, there are many different elements working together to ensure Bennelong puts on a showstopper seven nights a week. From what’s happening on the stage of the Opera House to behind the scenes of the Bennelong kitchen & front of house, Trish ensures the restaurant runs smoothly and seamlessly – its success and the guest experience is her primary focus.
With industry experience spanning twenty years and three continents, Giovanni’s journey in hospitality has found him a home in Bennelong. Growing up in Naples, Gio began working at a young age on the Amalfi Coast, before traveling to England, France and Switzerland, and the USA, to work in multiple Michelin-starred restaurants and five-star hotels including The Setai and Suvretta House. Gio’s natural talent for hospitality management has led him all over the world, landing in Australia in 2015 when he joined the Icebergs team. Bennelong benefits from Gio’s incredible passion and aptitude for cultivating customer experiences and leading professional, talented teams.
Taka joined Fink as a part of the opening team at Bennelong in August 2015. Three years on and Taka has now assumed the role of Bar Manager across both Bennelong, and the newly reopened Quay. Born near Tokyo, Japan, Taka was drawn to the hospitality industry early on, with a passion for Japanese whisky and the cocktail classics; those that are in essence simple and elegant.