Both Quay and Fink are supported by a longstanding team of passionate executives and staff. The new incarnation of Quay brings an exciting change; a chance for the team to create a more personal dining experience for our guests, underpinned by a generous dose of humble hospitality and a sense of understated luxury.
Peter Gilmore is the Executive Chef at two of Australia’s most exciting dining destinations; Bennelong at the Sydney Opera House and Quay across the harbour at Circular Quay. Born and bred in Sydney, Peter is now one of the most awarded chefs in Australia.
Peter describes his cuisine as food inspired by nature. 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 artesian producers who cultivate bespoke produce exclusively for both Quay and Bennelong. Peter’s appreciation of nature’s diversity and his endless experimentation in his own garden are the driving forces in his cooking.
Peter has released three cookbooks, Quay: Food Inspired by Nature published in 2010, Organum: nature, texture, intensity, purity in 2014, and From The Earth: World’s Great, Rare and Almost Forgotten Vegetables in October 2018.Keep Reading
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.
Most days, John can be found at one of his restaurants, ensuring they retain their place as Sydney’s most loved dining establishments, or at the group’s head office in Surry Hills planning his next big thing, all the while keeping a watchful eye over the engine room of the business.
When he finds time, John also works on his personal slate of scripts and films, a passion and talent he undoubtedly inherited from his mother, the prominent Australian film producer Margaret Fink. At home in Clovelly, down time is shared with his partner Estelle, and son Elliott, tending to his vegetable garden and chooks, or cooking up a storm for one of his famous paella parties.
A native of Germany, Nadine graduated in 2009 with a Master’s Degree in Hotel Management from the prestigious school Hotelfachschule Heidelberg. With a strong desire to travel she moved to Sydney late 2009 and joined the Quay team in 2010.
Quickly proving herself to be an asset to Fink, Nadine was welcomed to the management team in 2012 before moving into the role of Operations Manager in 2016. With Quay’s reopening in July of 2018, Fink was proud to announce Nadine’s new role as General Manager of the restaurant.
An integral part of Quay’s success, Nadine is responsible for overseeing the fundamental day to day operations and looking after our team of 75+ staff. A prolific traveler and a lover of food and wine, Nadine is keen to maximize the experience of each and every guest dining at Quay.
Sharon has been a steadfast part of the Quay fabric for the best part of eight years. For six of those years, Sharon has worked closely alongside Peter Gilmore as Restaurant Manager and overseeing the front of house team.
Drawn to the hospitality industry during her studies at University in Adelaide, Sharon subsequently spent several years travelling and working throughout Europe & the UK. On returning to Australia, she moved to Sydney, where her passion for and dedication to the industry lead her down an exciting career After several years managing the three-hatted Pier Restaurant in Sydney, Sharon moved to Quay, starting as Assistant Manager in 2010 and progressing to Restaurant Manager in 2012.
Sharon’s vast experience and continual strive for excellence means she continues to raise the bar for service at Quay. With the restaurant rebirth, Sharon is excited for what she sees as the opportunity to not only fine-tune the service at Quay, but to loosen up, add creativity and personality into the mix, and ultimately, have a little fun.
Hailing from Canada, Ashlyn has been a member of Fink since 2017, when she joined the wine team at Bennelong, before moving to Quay in 2018 and working her way to Assistant Head Sommelier and then Head Sommelier in February 2022. Ashlyn has achieved a number of awards throughout her wine career, including the 2019 Airoldi Fine Wines Prize and the esteemed 2019 Riedel Advanced Sommelier Dux, of which she was the second woman in the history of the Court of Master Sommeliers Oceania to be awarded. The team at Quay are privileged to be guided by Ashlyn’s warmth, sincerity and skill.
Tim Mifsud is Co-Head Chef of Quay.
Tim joined the Quay family in 2015 after several years training and working in the UK. His international experience notably included a role in the kitchen for James Knapett at Kitchen Table in London, during which the restaurant was awarded their first Michelin Star. Tim has also worked with chefs including Francis Atkins from the Yorke Arms and Tim Hughes of the Caprice Group in London.
Tim ventured to Australia and began his Fink journey as Chef de Partie at Quay, where he worked his way to Senior Sous Chef in 2018. He was offered a position as Co-Head Chef in 2019 where he continues to lead the team under the guidance of Executive Chef Peter Gilmore.
Tim’s cooking is influenced by his love of nature, as well as his admiration for late culinary icon Anthony Bourdain’s approach to cooking and to the world.
Troy Crisante is Co-Head Chef of Quay, leading the kitchen team with fellow chef Tim Mifsud.
Troy joined the Fink family in 2012 as a fourth-year apprentice, where he graduated through various roles in the Quay kitchen. Troy left Australia in 2014 to work abroad in London, where his career highlights included a stint alongside fellow Aussie Brett Graham at The Ledbury.
On his return to Sydney, Troy worked as Senior Sous Chef at Bennelong where he was awarded Time Out’s Hot Young Talent Award in 2016, and was runner up in the 2016 Appetite for Excellence Young Chef of the Year Award. He continued to progress throughout Fink’s restaurant portfolio, working as Senior Sous Chef at Firedoor before re-joining the Quay kitchen as Senior Sous Chef in 2018. In 2019, Troy became Co-Head Chef at Quay where he continues to work and grow under Executive Chef Peter Gilmore.