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. 

Quay

The Fink Group’s first fine dining establishment, Quay, is one of Australia’s most awarded restaurants. Quay has received Three Chefs Hats for 18 consecutive years and has been named Restaurant of the Year five times in The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide. Quay currently has Three Stars and has been awarded Restaurant of the Year four times in the Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. Quay was also listed for five years on the World’s 50 Best Restaurant list and held the title of Best Restaurant in Australasia for three of those years. It sat in World’s 100 Best Restaurant list for a further 4 years.

After an extensive renovation and reimagination, Quay reopened in 2018 to be awarded Restaurant of the Year in the Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide, rating the restaurant as #1 in the country. Quay was also received one of the highest reviews in history from the Sydney Morning Herald reviewer Terry Durack, awarding the restaurant 19/20 and subsequently Three Chefs Hats in the annual Good Food awards. At this time Executive Chef Peter Gilmore was also named Citi Chef of the Year in The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide. In The Australian Hot 100, Quay’s Tasmanian Uni dish was awarded Hottest Dish and the restaurant was awarded Hottest Classic.

OTTO Sydney

OTTO has an undeniable reputation as one of Sydney’s most respected dining institutions, with long term General Manager Graham Ackling, and Head Chef Richard Ptacnik at the helm. Since the Fink Group reign, OTTO has consistently held One Chef Hat in The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide and currently holds One Star in the Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide.

OTTO Brisbane

Opening just a short two years ago, OTTO Brisbane, led by General Manager Alan Hunter and Head Chef Will Cowper, has forged its way as one of Brisbane’s most popular, successful and consistent performers.

In 2018, OTTO was awarded Best Restaurant Service in the Courier Mail Food Awards, and Two Chef Hats in The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide as well as the remarkable accolade of Wine List of the Year. OTTO currently holds One Star and is listed at #7 in the top 10 restaurants in Brisbane by the Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide.

Bennelong

Bennelong, which opened in July of 2015, scooped up Best New Restaurant at all the major Australian restaurant awards including The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide, Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide, Time Out Sydney Food Awards and Gault & Millau Australia.

Over the past three years, the restaurant has continued to receive Two Chef Hats by The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide and is currently placed at number 11 in the Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide.

The Bridge Room

Over the past seven years, The Bridge Room has received extensive accolades, including 2016 Restaurant of the Year in the The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide and Best Restaurant in Australia in the 2017 Qantas Business Awards. 

The restaurant holds Two Stars, currently claiming the #15 position in the Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide as well as being named amongst the Best Business Lunches in Sydney. In 2018, The Bridge Room was awarded Two Hats in the The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide.

Firedoor

In 2015, Firedoor, perhaps one of the most anticipated restaurants in Australian culinary history, swung open their doors to receive One Chef Hat in its first year of opening by The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide. Head Chef and Co-Owner Lennox Hastie was also named Best New Talent in 2015, and Firedoor was named #19 in the Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide.

In 2017 & 2018 Firedoor was awarded Two Chef Hats by The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide, as well awarded Two Stars and placed at #16 in the Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide.

Beach Byron Bay

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 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. In 2016 the restaurant was awarded One Hat in The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide.

 

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 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
  • Jeremy Courmadias
    General Manager
  • Elizabeth Hewson
    Communication & Marketing Manager
  • Sarah Barker
    Guest & Staff Relations Manager
  • Mark Haybittle
    Project Manager
  • Elizabeth Ormsby
    Office Manager
  • Brigid Grice
    Business Development Manager
  • Graham Ackling
    OTTO General Manager
  • Trish Rogers
    Bennelong General Manager
  • Nadine Stegmeier
    Quay General Manager