The Boathouse team


Colin Barker, Executive Chef

Our kitchen is in the very capable hands of award-winning chef Colin Barker, who has been with The Boathouse for over 20 years, first joining us in 2007 as Senior Sous Chef.

Early in his career, Colin worked with Liam Tomlin at Banc before winning the NSW Lexus Young Chef of the Year Award in 2005. He then worked alongside Warren Turnbull of Assiette before spending time in the UK as Senior Chef de Partie under the guidance of Brett Grahame at The Ledbury, a one-Michelin Star restaurant in London’s Notting Hill. 

A keen fisherman, Colin has a passion for sustainable seafood and enjoys seeking out the more unusual species of fish, preparing them in unique combinations with seasonal ingredients.

  Colin and his catch of a Spanish mackerel on Escape with ET

Colin and his catch of a Spanish mackerel on Escape with ET

In late 2017, Colin was invited by rugby league legend ET to join him on a trip to Wessel Islands, NT, and a mackerel fishing adventure for the TV series Seafood Escape with Andrew Ettinghausen on Network Ten. The series shows the action and adventure of how sustainable seafood is sourced from the seas and bays around Australia.

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Christophe Dubois, Restaurant Manager

Christophe has contributed towards The Boathouse’s reputation for friendly but professional service since 2005, previously as Assistant Manager and Head Sommelier and now as our Restaurant Manager.

Prior to joining The Boathouse, Christophe's qualifications in Hospitality Management, Wine Study and Commercial Cookery helped him establish his credentials at a number of top Sydney restaurants, including Pier, Café Sydney and Rockpool, as well as Zuma in London.

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Joe Turnaturi, Sommelier

When Joe joined us in early 2014, he brought with him a wealth of wine knowledge and experience gained at some of Sydney’s most awarded restaurants, from Bistro Mars in 1999 to Café Sydney and most recently six years at Flying Fish.

Over the years, Joe has been refining his skills at matching fine wine with the finest food, especially seafood. Joe completed his Diploma of Wine with the WSET in 2012, and is currently studying for his Master of Wine at the IMW.


Tony Papas

Co-owner Tony Papas was born in Auckland, New Zealand. He trained as a chef in London and Paris, and also worked in Amsterdam and San Francisco before settling in Sydney as Head Chef for Mogens Bay Esbensen.

Tony has been a major influence on the Sydney restaurant and café scene since he first set up the iconic Bayswater Brasserie in 1982 with business partner Robert Smallbone. As well as The Boathouse, Tony established the highly successful Brasserie Bread bakery with Michael Klausen, and the now international Allpress Espresso coffee business and cafés in partnership with Michael Allpress.

In 1995, Tony received the SMH Award for Professional Excellence; and in 2006 was entered into the SMH Sydney Magazine Food Hall of Fame for excellence in Sydney food service.

The Boathouse also has a big team of people working from daylight until midnight, in the kitchen, on the floor, taking your calls, organising your special event, doing the dishes, shucking oysters...whatever it takes to give you the best dining experience possible.