Fink Group

The Fink Group has successfully operated hotels, restaurants, theatres and bars for more than five decades. With an unrivalled reputation for presenting excellence and passion in the Australian dining scene, this is a quality-driven business that offers a breadth of dining experiences. The Fink Group restaurant portfolio is united by a common vision of excellence in hospitality and service. The stable of restaurants includes four 100% owned restaurants (Quay, Bennelong, OTTO Sydney and OTTO Brisbane) along with three partnerships (The Bridge Room, Firedoor and Beach Byron Bay).

The Fink Group is a family company with strong values. The group is built on three foundational pillars: offering unique dining experiences; discovering, training and championing emerging talent; and supporting local producers.

Group Chairman Leon Fink is a long-time restaurateur, entertainment entrepreneur and hotelier. His son, John Fink, is the third generation of the Fink dynasty with more than 25 years’ experience in managing and operating restaurants. In his role as Creative Director John is responsible for ‘maintaining the vibe’.

The Fink Group is supported by a long standing team of passionate executives and staff who all unite over presenting good food, great wine and excellent service with a personal touch.

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Mission statement

We are committed to offering unique dining experiences. To discover and champion emerging talent and most importantly, support local producers and the businesses in our community.

Awards

The Fink Group has achieved extensive accolades through a combined result of dedication, experience, professionalism, vision and intent.

The Fink Group’s first fine dining establishment, Quay, is one of Australia’s most awarded restaurants. Quay has received Three Chefs Hats for 14 consecutive years and has been named Restaurant of the Year five times in The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide. It currently has three stars and has been awarded Restaurant of the Year three times in the Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. Quay was listed for five years in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants and held the title of Best Restaurant in Australasia for three of those years. Most recently in 2015, Quay was placed at 58th in the World’s 100 Best Restaurants.

Since the Fink Group reign, Otto has consistently held one chef hat in The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide.

The Fink Group’s newest restaurant, Bennelong, which opened in July of 2015, scooped up Best New Restaurant at all the major Australian restaurant awards that year. It received two chef hats by The 2016 Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide and was placed at #12 in the Australian Gourmet Traveller Best Restaurant List.

The joint ventures have also received extensive accolades; In addition to receiving its third chef hat, The Bridge Room was named Restaurant of the Year by The 2016 Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide and currently claims number #8 position in the Australian Gourmet Traveller Best Restaurant List.

Only three months prior to Bennelong’s opening success, Firedoor, perhaps one of the most anticipated restaurants in Australian culinary history, swung open their doors to receive a chef hat in its first year of opening by The 2016 Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide. It was also named #19 in the Australian Gourmet Traveller Best Restaurant List.

In December 2014, the Fink Group formed a partnership with Beach Byron Bay. The restaurant has a long history of nearly 30 years as an iconic Byron Bay landmark and has been recognised phentermine by Australian Tourism, New South Wales Tourism and North Coast Tourism, being awarded Best Tourism Restaurant and Best Restaurant and Catering Service for a number of years running.

Quay

S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015
Placed 58thThe Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2015
 (for the 14th Consecutive year)
Awarded 3 hatsAustralian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards
 (for the 14th Consecutive year Quay is awarded 3 stars)
Awarded 3 starsThe 2015 AFR top 100 Best Restaurant List
Placed at #32015 Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering Hostplus National Awards For Excellence
National Restaurant of the Year2015 Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering Hostplus National Awards For Excellence
Sydney Metropolitan Restaurant of the Year2015 Australia’s Wine List Of The Year Awards
Best Food & Wine Matching List
2014 
S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014
Placed 60th in the worldThe Sydney Morning Herald 2013 Good Food Guide
Restaurant of the YearThe Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2014
Awarded 3 hatsAustralian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards 2014
Awarded 3 stars
2013Australian Gourmet Traveller 2013 Restaurant Guide
Restaurant of the YearS. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013
Placed 48th in the worldThe Australian Hot 50 Restaurant Awards 2013
Quay awarded the Hottest Restaurant in Australia
The Sydney Morning Herald 2013 Good Food Guide
Restaurant of the Year
Australian Gourmet Traveller 2013 Restaurant Guide
Restaurant of the YearThe Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2013
Awarded 3 hatsAustralian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards 2013
Awarded 3 stars

2012S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2012
Placed 29th in the worldS. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2012
Best Restaurant in AustralasiaThe Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2012
Peter Gilmore named ‘Chef of the Year’The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2012
Awarded 3 hatsAustralian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards 2012
Awarded 3 stars
2011S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2011
Placed 26th in the world
S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2011
Best Restaurant in AustralasiaThe Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2011
Awarded 3 hatsAustralian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards 2011
Awarded 3 stars
2010S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2010
Placed 27th in the worldPellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2010
Best Restaurant in Australasia
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The Sydney Morning Herald 2010 Good Food Guide
Restaurant of the Year 2010Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards
Restaurant of the Year 2010The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2010
Awarded 3 hatsAustralian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards 2010
Awarded 3 stars
2009S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2009
Placed 46th in the worldThe Sydney Morning Herald 2009 Good Food Guide
Restaurant of the Year
Australian Gourmet Traveller 2009 Restaurant Guide
Restaurant of the YearThe Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2009
Awarded 3 hatsAustralian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards 2009
Awarded 3 starsRestaurant & Catering 2009 National Awards for Excellence
Restaurant of the Year 2009
2008Restaurant & Catering 2008
National Awards for ExcellenceThe Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2008
Awarded 3 hats
2006The Sydney Morning Herald 2005 Good Food Guide
Restaurant of the YearThe Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2005
Awarded 3 hats
2005The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2004
Awarded 3 hats
2004
The Sydney Morning Herald 2003 Good Food Guide
Restaurant of the YearThe Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2004
Awarded 3 hats

OTTO

The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2015
Awarded One Chef Hat

Otto has consistently remained true to the one hat status since its conception at the turn of the millennium.

Bennelong

The 2016 Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide
Best New Restaurant

The 2016 Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide
Best New Restaurant
Awarded #12 on the top 100 Best Restaurants in Australia 2016

The Time Out Sydney Food Award
Best New Restaurant in 2015

Gault & Millau Australia Melbourne & Sydney 2016 Restaurant Guide
Best New Restaurant

The 2015 Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering Hostplus National Awards For Excellence
Best New Restaurant

The Bridge Room


The Sydney Morning Herald 2015 Good Food Guide
Restaurant of the Year 2016
Three Chef’s Hats 2016
Ross Lusted Chef of the Year 2014

Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards
Three Stars 2016
Awarded #8 on the top 100 Best Restaurants in Australia 2016

The Weekend Australian Magazine Hot 50 Restaurant Awards
Hottest Restaurant in NSW 2015
Ross Lusted Hottest Chef in Australia 2013

Firedoor

The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide
Award 1 hat in 2015

Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards 
Best New Talent in 2015
Named at #19 in the top 100 Best Restaurants in Australia

Beach Byron Bay

Australian Tourism Awards
Best Tourism Restaurant and Catering Service, 2014

NSW Tourism Awards
Best Tourism Restaurant and Catering Service, 2014

North Coast Tourism Awards
Best Tourism Restaurant and Catering Service, 2014

 

Leon Fink

Leon Fink is the chairman of the Fink Group. He is intimately involved in the day-to-day workings of the Fink Group restaurants.

A man with many passions, Leon has also also been a property developer, film producer and theatre owner, along with a longtime devotion to being a quiet patron of the arts and civil libertarian pursuits.

He is also a most ardent, curious gardener and landscape designer. After establishing a community vegetable garden in his home suburb of Clovelly, Leon was inspired to partner with farmers and rural producers to grow bespoke vegetables for the Fink Group kitchens and dining rooms.

Perhaps the pinnacle of Leon’s landscaping obsession saw him design and support the Australian section of the Israel Botanical Gardens.

John Fink

John Fink is a restaurateur, musician, writer and a filmmaker.

As Creative Director of the Fink Group, John is a third-generation restaurateur who runs the family restaurant business and takes the lead on new restaurant developments. All the while making sure to ‘maintain the vibe’. The Dude Abides.

In his ‘spare time’, John works on his personal slate of scripts and films, a passion he undoubtedly inherited from his mother, the prominent Australian film producer Margaret Fink. His films have appeared in many International film festivals. Perhaps the most celebrated and competitive being Sundance Film Festival.

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The Team

  • Leon Fink
    Chairman
  • John Fink
    Creative Director
  • Agnes Serrano CPA
    Chief Financial Controller
  • Karyn Kajan
    Chief Executive Officer
  • Elizabeth Hewson
    Communication & Marketing Manager
  • Michelle Cook
    Business Development Manager
  • Sarah Barker
    Functions Manager
  • Mark Haybittle
    Project Manager
  • Elizabeth Ormsby
    Office Manager
  • Graham Ackling
    General Manager – Otto Ristorante