Matthew Knoops

Sous Chef - Pt. Leo Restaurant

Relishing in the idea of working with people who share a passion for good food executed with regional and seasonal produce, Matt joined Pt. Leo Estate in 2021 as Sous Chef of Pt. Leo Restaurant

It was his grandparent’s influence that led him to explore his passion for cooking. Matthew grew up in his family hardware business located in Victoria’s Yarra Valley region, surrounded by vineyards. He later discovered his love for food with cherished memories of baking cakes with his Nana and waking up to the smell of his Pa’s freshly baked bread at a young age. 

After completing an apprenticeship at the Treasury Restaurant, Matt gained 16 years of experience, as a Tournant Chef for the Arts Centre and Chef de Partie for The Lincoln Hotel and D&D in London, with 9 of those years spent in Senior positions as Head Chef at Punch Lane, Chiara and Hotel Lindrum. During his time in London, Matt worked alongside Tony Fleming at Michelin star restaurant, Angler.

What is your favourite Pt. Leo Estate sculpture

Joel Elenberg ‘Mask’ located behind the host desk

What is your favourite Pt. Leo Estate beverage

Pt. Leo Estate 2019 Pinot Noir

What is your favourite Pt. Leo Estate dish? 

Tuerong Farm semolina cavatelli, globe artichoke barigoule, pea

What is your favourite thing to do on the Mornington Peninsula?

Walking the dog along Mornington Esplanade

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