Quay is a fine example of the sum of its parts being greater than the whole. Our team has experience that far surpasses their individual job requirements and such passion for food and wine that the end result is an experience of food, wine and service that is simply, award winning.
Peter Gilmore is the Executive Chef of Quay restaurant in Sydney. Since 2001, Peter’s creative and original cuisine has seen the restaurant receive an unprecedented number of Australian and international awards, and establish itself at the forefront of Australia’s food scene.
Peter describes his cuisine as "food inspired by nature". A passionate gardener, Peter was one of the first chefs in Australia to truly embrace the vegetable garden and its diversity. Sourcing rare plants and heirloom vegetable seeds, he forges unique relationships with small farmers to grow bespoke produce exclusively for Quay. He collaborates with fisherman who hand dive and line catch seafood in pristine Australian waters, and farmers who rear rare breed animals with superior flavour and texture for the table. Peter plans his menus from the ground up a season ahead; a way of working which has strengthened his appreciation of the seasons and the natural world, and is directly reflected in his cuisine.
Peter plays with ideas about food, its provenance and its natural environment. A recent dish was inspired by the beauty of the coral reef in Australia's north. In another, he evokes the environment of a hand-caught flathead, pairing it with wild oysters, periwinkles, wakame seaweed and abalone that the fish might feed upon in its cold Southern ocean home. Peter places great emphasis on texture in his cuisine, so a rare breed pig cheek is first slowly braised for twelve hours, then lightly smoked, and teamed with hand dived sea scallops, shaved Tasmanian shiitake mushrooms and crisp Jerusalem artichoke skin to create a perfect interplay of just four ingredients.
Says Peter: “What we try to do is to produce original, beautifully crafted food with a big emphasis on layers of texture and flavours to create an overall sense of balance. Food that tastes beautiful, that takes you on a journey of different sensations, that makes you think about where it came from.”
Peter is a 44 year old Australian, born and bred in Sydney. He was inspired to cook at a young age and started his apprenticeship at 16, then spent his twenties working in kitchens overseas and in country New South Wales, developing his own style. Critical recognition came in 2000 when Peter was the Head Chef at De Beers Restaurant at Whale Beach and Terry Durack, food reviewer for _The Sydney Morning Herald_, wrote “De Beers houses a young chef with a real talent for sending out beautifully structured food with innate simplicity”. Peter’s next step was as head chef at Quay, and he has never looked back.
Quay has been awarded Three Chefs Hats for 12 consecutive years and named Restaurant of the Year five times in _The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide_. It has three stars and has been awarded Restaurant of the Year three times in the _Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide_. At _The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2012_ Awards, Peter Gilmore was named “Chef of the Year”, a celebration of his ten years at Quay.
In 2010, Peter released his first cookbook _Quay: *Food Inspired by Nature*_, a sumptuous book which captures Peter’s nature-based philosophy and the organic presentation of his stunning cuisine at Quay.
Peter regards himself as immensely lucky to be a chef in Australia today, with access to extraordinary produce and with the freedom to explore new ideas and draw on a culture which embraces so many people and parts of the world. He continues to refine his food, bringing new and exciting dining experiences to the table, with picture perfect dishes that celebrate nature’s beauty. He is a chef in his prime, whose combination of extraordinary talent and rare humility has won him not just the highest accolades in the food world, but also the respect of his peers and admirers all over the world.
Rob is thrilled to be back at Quay and embraces the role each day with enthusiasm and drive, always looking for ways to deliver the very best to our guests.
Rob began training in his homeland of Holland, later moving to London where he spent several years at the Waldorf and Landmark hotels working under Michelin starred chefs. Upon landing in Australia (enticed by his now wife, Bronwyn) Rob initially worked in a country pub in Rutherglen, Victoria but in no time a position became available at Quay. Rob was in fact at Quay before Peter Gilmore arrived and when Peter did join the team, Rob moved swiftly up the ranks to become his Sous Chef and stayed for around 4 and a half years. Following that, Rob spent a further 2 years in Sydney at 3 hat gastronomic temple Claude’s Restaurant in Woollahra, before moving to Melbourne.
Since moving to the south, Rob achieved his goal of running his own kitchen; first at The Montague in South Melbourne and later at the Max Hotel in Prahran. His Modern European cuisine has been critically acclaimed and warmly received by the Melbourne dining public. In March 2011, Rob and Bronwyn became the owners of Merricote, a small Eurocentric hatted bistro in Westgarth, Northcote and received rave reviews from critics and locals with Rob in the kitchen and Bronwyn on the floor.Rob is thrilled to be back at Quay and embraces the role each day with enthusiasm and drive, always looking for ways to deliver the very best to our guests.
John Fink is a restaurateur, a writer and a filmmaker. As Director of the Fink Group, John runs the family restaurant business with his father, long-time restaurateur, theatre-owner and hotelier Leon Fink. The Fink Group own and operate Quay, the most awarded restaurant in Australia.
Quay was this year named the hottest restaurant in Australia in _The Australian Hot 50_ and is listed amongst the _San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants_. It has been named Restaurant of the Year five times in _The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide_ (2003, 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2013) and three times in the _Australian Gourmet Traveller’s Restaurant Guide_ (2009, 2010 and 2013).
The Fink Group has also for the last seven years owned and operated the iconic Italian-Australian eatery Otto on the Finger Wharf at Woolloomooloo. John can be seen most days at Otto, ensuring that the restaurant retains its place as one of Sydney’s best-loved dining establishments. He has also in recent times pioneered exciting new dining and bar pop-ups on the wharf to capitalize on Sydney’s love of casual dining, and is always on the lookout for the “next thing”.
In his role managing the restaurants for the group, John oversees a team of 160 highly skilled restaurant professional, as well as controlling operations and marketing for the group.
John also works in his “spare time” on his personal slate of scripts and films, a passion/talent he undoubtedly inherited from his mother, the prominent Australian film producer Margaret Fink. An alumni of the 2009 screen writing diploma with the AFTRS, his documentary _Big Dreamers_ has appeared in many international film festivals and screened locally with the ABC, as well as overseas. John’s quirky and disturbing short film _Glottal Opera_ screened at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
John lives in Sydney with his two children and is an enthusiastic supporter of charities such as Cure Cancer Australia and Voiceless, along with cultural entities like the Griffin Theatre and the Sydney Theatre Company.
Kylie Ball has a passion for hospitality. Following school, she studied Hospitality management at university, all the while working in bars and restaurants and learning the more practical elements of the business.
Her first major job was working with the Polese family, an iconic Sydney restaurant dynasty, working and managing their Potts Point venue, Mezzaluna. She worked for the business for five years, managing functions, reservations and accounts for this thriving inner-city restaurant. In 2000, Kylie joined Quay as financial controller, managing the books for another fabled restaurant family, the Fink Group. She soon took on responsibility for functions, managing events, partnerships and all functions held in the Green Room, Upper Tower and restaurant.
The travel bug bit in 2005, and Kylie set off for the United Kingdom. She settled in London where she worked in human resources for two and a half years, and made the most of her proximity to Europe; eating, drinking and travelling her way across the continent at every opportunity. In 2008, Kylie returned to Sydney and was offered the position of Operations Manager at Quay, which she accepted, as she says, “on the spot”. In this role, Kylie oversees the day to day operations of the restaurant, supporting all departments and acts as a personal assistant to Peter Gilmore. Her passion for the industry remains and she continues her education with food, wine, and business courses. Kylie is a vital part of the team that has seen the restaurant establish an unrivalled reputation and list of industry accolades.
Amanda is one of the increasing number of women sommeliers making waves in the Australian hospitality industry. In her role as Head Sommelier Amanda manages the wine programme at Quay as well as one of the largest and most talented wine teams in Australia.
Amanda’s passion for her craft is evident in Quay’s highly respected and awarded wine list.
Amanda joined Quay Restaurant in 2006, starting as a member of the floor team. Developing a passion for wine and through constant learning and personal advancement, Amanda achieved her Court of Master Sommeliers Certification in 2009.
In recognition of her skills, expertise, excellent customer service and hard work Amanda was promoted to Head Sommelier in 2010, becoming responsible for a cellar of over 600 bottles and some of Australia’s most exciting food and wine matching.
Amanda’s quest to discover new wines and share them with Quay’s guests combined with her growing passion for Champagne led to the introduction of a Champagne feature page including a widespread collection of Small Grower Champagne houses that produce and market their own labels as well as an extensive list of prestige Champagnes from many of the regions Grandes Marques. Additionally, Amanda’s love of wines from the Loire Valley and many different examples of Riesling is also reflected in the list’s extensive selection.
Amanda has just completed the Wine and Spirit Education Trust Diploma at the Sydney Wine Academy and has her sights set on completing the prestigious Master of Wine exam.
Amanda has undertaken extensive travel to improve her knowledge of both Old and New World wines, in conjunction with numerous tastings and being involved in several vintages in different vineyards. Her love for Australian wine is reflected by her wide ranging travel throughout Australian wine regions in particular – Yarra Valley, Gippsland, Mornington Peninsula, Macedon Ranges, Geelong, King Valley, Alpine Valley, Beechworth, Rutherglen, Canberra District, Great Southern, Hunter Valley, Orange, Mudgee, Tasmania, Eden Valley, Barossa Valley, Langhorne Creek, Adelaide Hills and the Riverina. She has also visited many vineyards overseas including regions in New Zealand, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain and England, with trips to Austria and Italy planned for 2015.
Amanda is a budding wine judge and a proud Len Evans Scholar, having completed the 2013 Len Evans tutorial – arguably one of the best and most exclusive wine schools in the world; where once a year only 12 students worldwide are invited to attend. In an effort to constantly work on and improve her palate earlier this year Amanda attended the Advanced Wine Assessment Course at the Australian Wine Research Institute.
Sharon is in charge of managing a floor team of over 40 staff which is regarded as one of the best front of house teams in the country.
Sharon began working in the hospitality industry while attending University in Adelaide. She subsequently spent several years travelling throughout Europe & the UK, during which time she filled pretty much every role imaginable within a restaurant (with varying degrees of success!). On returning to Australia she moved to Sydney, where casual work transformed into a full-time passion. After several years managing the 3 hatted Pier Restaurant in Sydney Sharon moved to Quay, starting as Assistant Manager in 2010. Lured back in late 2012 by Quay’s ongoing reputation as one of Sydney’s best Restaurants and the opportunity to work alongside Peter Gilmore again as Restaurant Manager.
Sharon’s vast experience and continual strive for excellence means she continues to raise the bar for service at Quay.
Overseas Passenger Terminal,
The Rocks, Sydney 2000
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