Maurice Terzini is best known for stamping his indelible mark and style on both the Sydney and Melbourne dining experience. His long history in the hospitality industry and gift for fostering lasting creative relationships have seen him establish not only some of Australia’s most iconic dining venues, but also a number of Sydney’s most recognizable events. Born to Italian parents in Melbourne, early years spent back in Italy cemented in him a love of his culture and heritage, awakening a life-long passion for Italian hospitality.
At the age of 23 Terzini opened his first venture, Caffe e Cucina on Melbourne’s then undiscovered Chapel Street, with the café radically altering perceptions and conventions around the dining scene at the time, offering high-end quality in a café setting. A string of successful hospitality ventures followed, capped by the jewel in the crown of Icebergs Dining Room and Bar on the cliffs of Bondi- opening in 2002. More than a decade on, Icebergs is still at the forefront of the Australian culinary landscape, thanks to Terzini’s gift for dreaming the big picture and executing it, often ahead of his time and breaking ground in ideas, style and locations.