With more than 100 industry accolades and numerous chef hats to his credit, multi-award winning restaurateur Tony Percuoco, has been a part of the Starlight Five Chefs team for more than 10 years. Tony has been bringing classic Italian cuisine to Brisbane since Tartufo opened in 2010.
Tony Percuoco’s food journey began in his family’s restaurant in Naples, Italy. While most young boys dream of becoming firemen, fighter pilots or police officers, Tony dreamt of becoming a chef.
In 1973, Tony began his career at Bennelong at the Sydney Opera House. From there he worked at the Hilton, Regent and Wentworth after which he was invited to join his family at the famed Pulcinella Restaurant in Kings Cross, owned by his father Mario and brother Armando Percuoco.
Years later, he opened Senso Unico in Surry Hills which he ran for nine years after which he moved to the Gold Coast to open Grissini, Studio Assaggini, Bocconcini and Ristorante Fellini which he owned and operated for 15 years.
Tony had fallen in love with Brisbane, reminding him of Sydney in the 70s when his family first arrived in Australia from Naples. Tony’s dream to open a restaurant in Brisbane was realised when the former Belle Epoque Restaurant at Emporium became his own. He named it ‘Tartufo’ (Italian for truffle), one of his most loved ingredients.