Who We Are

STIX is a privately owned business encompassing STIX Café (locations in Marrickville and Hunters Hill), STIX Events and Catering, and the beautiful regenerative STIX Farm on the banks of the Hawkesbury.

In 2022, STIX proudly partnered with leading restaurant group, Fink. In July 2022, STIX and Fink will be partnering with Australia’s best chefs and producers to bring you FIX.; an at home dining solution like no other.

Meet Our Founder David ‘STIX’ Allison

David ‘STIX’ Allison is a chef and the founder of STIX.

David first tried his hand at cooking by accident; during his gap year while working as a jackeroo on a cattle station in Queensland’s far north, David was called upon to stand in for the camp cook and his natural talent led him to quickly take over the role.

David’s uncompromising quality, consistency and creativity have generated an incredible, game-changing business. In addition to founding the many arms of STIX, David was the major force behind the Sydney eco-eatery Greenhouse by Joost, and, working alongside friend and colleague Neil Perry, supplied Qantas with their First and Business Class meals for many years.

Looking to constantly evolve and innovate, David regularly travels abroad to keep abreast of global cooking trends including time in the kitchen at Heston Blumenthal’s world-renowned restaurant in London, The Fat Duck, Andoni Luis Aduriz’s Mugaritz in Spain, and Brett Graham’s The Ledbury in London.

Meet Our Head Chef Brian Murray

In and out of the kitchen since he was a young child in his uncle’s restaurant in Dublin, Brian Murray joined the Fink and Bennelong team in January 2016 as Chef de Partie before working his way up to Senior Sous Chef. In 2020, he was promoted to Co-Head Chef of Quay, working alongside fellow Co-Head Chef Tim Mifsud.

With an introduction by Executive Chef Peter Gilmore to the passionate team at Tathra Place, Brian took a nine-month break from the kitchen to pursue his interest in regenerative agriculture and its beneficial impacts on the climate. Brian is passionate about the connection between producers, chefs, and consumers, with sustainability a key focus.

Brian brings a wealth of culinary, people, and operational experience to STIX Café, STIX Events and Catering, and FIX. Dining.