From humble post war migrant beginnings in Melbourne to running two of the most successful restaurants in Australia, The Fink Group has been in the hospitality business for over seven decades. Third generation restaurateurs and hoteliers, the family run business now owns three of Sydney’s best-loved restaurants, Quay, Bennelong and Otto Ristorante (Otto Ristorante has also opened in Brisbane in 2016) and co-owns The Bridge Room in a joint venture with Ross and Sunny Lusted. They also have a joint venture with Firedoor and Beach, Byron Bay. The Finks are quiet achievers, committed to fostering talent in all areas of business operations. It is this commitment to their most valuable assets – the people who work for them - that has distinguished the establishments they have owned and managed. They have also demonstrated an uncanny ability to spot and partner with great talent: Peter Gilmore, Tony Bilson, Peter Kuruvita, Guillaume Brahimi, Mark Best and James Kidman have all worked with the Fink Group.
Benoit Jackman joined The Bridge Room in 2016. Benoit enjoyed Senior Sommelier roles at 3 Michelin starred Le Pré Catelan in Paris, Le Mas de Dardagna in Toulouse and later Marcus Wareing in London before moving to Australia to make Sydney his home. Benoit was appointed Head Sommelier of The Bridge Room in 2017.
Highly regarded by her peers and industry alike, Patrice Nobile joins The Bridge Room from three years at Momofuku Seiobo and extensive stints in London at Hoi Polloi at The Ace Hotel and The Riding House Café. Patrice brings with her both a powerhouse of energy and rigor together with a deep harmony in the way she approaches restaurant guests and her team, alike.
“I am very much excited to be joining The Bridge Room team, and to be surrounded by passionate, professional, and driven people. My approach first and foremost is caring for our team, allowing them to then pass on that same level of care to our guests. For me, the essence of hospitality is the simplicity of welcoming people in, and taking care of them.” – Patrice Noble.
Sunny Lusted has more than 20 years’ experience in the luxury hotel and resort business. Her corporate role with Hyatt International, based in Chicago, had her focus projects throughout the corporation including properties in Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Korea, Morocco, Dubai, Australia, Mexico, Argentina and Chile. Sunny joined Amanresorts, awarded the world’s No.1 Hotel Chain by Zagat, as General Manager of Amankila, Bali, in 2002. Sunny’s former roles include head of Amanresorts’ Sales Division, based in the company’s corporate office in Singapore, and General Manager of Aman resorts throughout Asia, Europe and the USA, most recently opening Amangiri, awarded ‘Best Retreat’ by Wallpaper Magazine and voted Best Resort in North America by Andrew Harpers Q Club and the Gallivanter’s Guide.
Ross Lusted is Chef/Owner of one of Sydney’s most beloved dining establishments, The Bridge Room, which has been awarded numerous accolades including Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide’s Restaurant of the Year 2016, Hottest Restaurant in Australia by The Australian and 3 stars by Gourmet Traveller Magazine.
A chef by profession, Ross Lusted has worked extensively in restaurants and hotels over the past thirty years including award winning restaurants Darley Street Thai (Sydney), Rockpool (Sydney), harbourkitchen&bar (Sydney), Mezza9 (Singapore) and Amankila (Bali). His most recent role before returning to Australia to open The Bridge Room was as Head of Food and Beverage Development for Amanresorts where he was responsible for all Food and Beverage concepts and developments for new Aman projects throughout Europe, Asia, the United States, and the Caribbean.
Ross Lusted has been honoured with awards including Chef of the Year by the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide and Hottest Chef in Australia by The Australian.
Dishes as clever as this reward your courage.GUY GRIFFIN. THE (SYDNEY) MAGAZINE