Maurice Terzini has been a stalwart on the Australian dining scene for more than three decades. This entrepreneurial restaurateur started small with a café in Melbourne in 1988 that become the iconic Caffè e Cucina, and burst onto the world stage in 2002 with the opening of Icebergs Dining Room & Bar — a fine dining mecca that sits sentinel over Bondi Beach. Yet despite his premium restaurants in Sydney and Byron Bay, Maurice’s passion lies in the pursuit to democratize dining. At the heart of this notion is his unfaltering commitment to quality. Born to Italian parents and spending formative years by the Adriatic Sea, this devotion to quality is ingrained and extends beyond hospitality to successful ventures in fashion and events. His creativity is limitless and his drive infectious. We chat to Maurice about chasing ideas born from big nights and his nuggets for exploring unexpected gems in Sydney.