Phil Wood is leaving Sydney’s fine dining scene to head to the Pt Leo Estate in Victoria
The family-owned estate on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula will be opening late spring this year featuring a word-class restaurant, cellar door and sculpture park.
Wood will be in charge of a 110-seat restaurant and separate private dining room, set to be opened on the site overlooking Western Port Bay towards Phillip Island.
“This is a truly exciting opportunity for me,” Wood said. “The Mornington Peninsula is such a stunning part of the world and being involved in a project that encompasses food, wine and art couldn’t be more perfect.
“An opportunity like this only comes once in a lifetime, and I’d like to thank the Gandel family for placing their trust in me. Once I visited the property and sat with the family a number of times, it became a pretty easy decision to make.”
Wood has spent the past eight years at the Rockpool Group including seven as executive chef of Rockpool 1989 and its incarnation as Eleven Bridge, and has clocked up three chef’s hats for the past six consecutive years.