icc sydney team

Lynell Peck


ICC Sydney’s Director of Culinary Services, Lynell Peck is an industry veteran with over 30 years’ experience in hospitality and event management at leading venues.
Lynell leads a team of more than 500 people to deliver an extraordinary culinary experience at ICC Sydney. She has set new culinary standards across the board with ICC Sydney’s presentation, imagination and product sourcing, including an emphasis on collaborating with an extensive network of NSW-based food and beverage suppliers and producers.
Lynell is deeply passionate about innovation, creativity in business and collaboration as a pathway to achieving excellence. Her current focus is ensuring ICC Sydney grows its reputation as a world class event precinct and maintains, and further enhances, its status as one the world’s most successful major convention, exhibition and live entertainment venues.

The exceptional service and commitment displayed by Lynell and her teams has been recognised through numerous accolades including, NSW Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering HOSTPLUS Awards for Excellence 2018 Sydney Metropolitan Function/Convention Centre Caterer.

Prior to joining ICC Sydney, Lynell spent 17 years of her career with Australian Turf Club Ltd across a variety of senior operational leadership roles. Earlier in her career, Lynell held senior food and beverage management roles with a range of international 5star hotels including the Park Lane Hotel (now Sheraton on the Park) and previous to this, she worked with the Regent International Hotel Group in Australia, America and New Zealand.

Director of Culinary Services

Tony Panetta

Executive Chef

A senior practitioner with more than 20 years of industry experience at leading Australian venues, Tony Panetta joined ICC Sydney as Executive Chef in 2015.

Tony has always had a passion for his craft, beginning his culinary journey at just eight years old in his parents’ Italian café, where he helped his mother cook food inspired by their Calabrese heritage. He worked his way through various hospitality roles, including notable venues such as the renowned Aitken Hill Conference and Events Centre and The Yacht Club Hotel before a five year period at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC).

Under Tony’s leadership, his team won several industry awards for their food offering and were responsible for the culinary services planning and execution of some of the largest conferences ever held in Australia.

Adding to his luminous career, Tony worked as part of the pre-opening team at ICC Sydney being given the opportunity to build his own team from the ground up as well as create a brand new menu of quintessential Sydney cuisine by sourcing local fresh, seasonal produce across regional NSW. Producing innovative culinary solutions using local produce has always been his life-long passion.

Today, Tony leads a team of 40 full time and more than 50 part-time team members who are setting new culinary standards with their Feeding Your Performance philosophy of ‘local, seasonal and fresh’. The team focuses on creating ‘smart food’ by exploring the science behind ingredients and the nutritional qualities that drive physical and mental performance.

To get a taste for ICC Sydney’s philosophy, take a look at the culinary delights sure to feed your performance on Instagram.

Tony Panetta, Executive Chef

William Wilson

Beverage Operations and Cellar Manager

With more than 30 years’ experience, William brings a wealth of knowledge to his role as Beverage Operations and Cellar Manager at ICC Sydney, having worked at top calibre venues across the USA, UK and Australia.
William’s numerous accolades for excellence in his field and extensive large-scale event experience positions him perfectly amongst an esteemed culinary leadership team, who cater to a year round calendar of exhibitions, conventions and entertainment events.
William is passionate about making a positive and lasting impact in the community, including a pledge to buy locally. His commitment to his craft and love affair with home-grown produce pays homage to New South Wales’ best wineries, small-batch distilleries, award-winning breweries and artisan producers of alcohol-free beverages.
In 2020, William furthered the venue’s commitment to buying locally with the launch of ICC Sydney’s 100% NSW wine list where every single bottle featured in the collection is sourced from New South Wales.
William is an avid contributor to the industry as a judge at numerous wine shows including the ICC Sydney NSW Wine Awards, NSW Chapter Secretary of the Wine Communicators of Australia and as head steward at the Sydney Royal Beer and Cider Show. William was recently awarded the NSW Wine Industry Association President’s Award for Outstanding Support of the NSW Wine Industry.
A creative and innovative professional, William’s exceptional knowledge and expertise with local wines and beverages is the perfect accompaniment to ICC Sydney’s world class culinary experience.
William Wilson, Beverage Operations and Cellar Manager