Pt. Leo Estate’s senior restaurant team will be led by hospitality veteran Ainslie Lubbock as restaurant manager. Joining Lubbock is Joel Alderson as senior sous chef and Andrew Murch as head sommelier.
The announcement comes after the appointment of ex-Eleven Bridge executive chef, Phil Wood, as culinary director in June.
Pt. Leo Restaurant is part of Pt. Leo Estate, a family-owned and operated property that sits on 135 hectares overlooking Western Port Bay, encompassing a vineyard specialising in cool-climate varieties, an architect-designed restaurant and cellar door, as well as Australia’s foremost sculpture park.
Lubbock brings a wealth of knowledge and over 15 years’ experience to Pt. Leo Restaurant having worked at venues including The Royal Mail Hotel, Attica, Cutler and Co. and Pei Modern, Melbourne.
Alderson honed his skills in the kitchens of celebrated restaurants Attica, The Royal Mail, and most recently leading the brigade at The Hotel Windsor as executive chef.
Rounding out the senior restaurant team is sommelier Andrew Murch formerly of Rockpool Bar & Grill and Stokehouse.
Wood is thrilled to be working alongside a team of professionals that bring a breadth of experience and knowledge to Pt. Leo Restaurant.
“It will be great to be working with such a talented team and I’m excited for each of them to put their unique stamp on Pt. Leo Restaurant,” he says. “I can’t wait to introduce them to the wonders of the Mornington Peninsula.”
Wood has been working closely with local producers to develop a food offering that represents the diversity of the region. Central to the Pt. Leo Restaurant offering will be a large wood-fire grill.
Pt. Leo Restaurant with 110 seats, sculpture park and cellar door will open in late October and a second more intimate dining space will open at the end of 2017.
Image: Joel Alderson, Ainslie Lubbock and Andrew Murch