Victoria just snapped up one of Sydney’s best chefs.

What is New South Wales’ loss is Victoria’s gain as Pt Leo Estate announces the arrival of Phil Wood as the estate’s inaugural culinary director.

Wood who spent the last eight years as Neil Perry’s right-hand man at Rockpool and later Eleven Bridge will now be in charge of a 110-seat restaurant (with private dining room) on the yet to be opened 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.

Pt Leo Estate, which will open in late spring this year on the Mornington Peninsula, will also include a cellar door, sculpture park and restaurant.

This isn’t the first time Wood has been snapped up, having previously worked at Tetsuya’s and Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry before moving across to the Rockpool Group.

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