As Culinary Director of Pt. Leo Estate, Phil Wood is responsible for fine diner Laura and modern bistro Pt Leo Restaurant. Laura was awarded New Restaurant of the Year and Two Hats at the 2019 Good Food Guide Awards and New Restaurant of the Year at the 2019 Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards, and was named the No. 7 Restaurant in Australia at the 2020 Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards.
Phil began his career under the guidance of Tetsuya Wakuda at the iconic Sydney restaurant, Tetsuya’s and then worked at Thomas Keller's The French Laundry in the Napa Valley before taking the reins as Executive Chef of Rockpool est. 1989 in 2010. Under his leadership, Rockpool was awarded Three Hats and was named Gourmet Traveller Restaurant of the Year in 2016.
Phil’s cooking is inspired by his experience in fine dining restaurants across multiple cuisines and an innate passion for regional produce, resulting in a unique culinary style that is creative, modern and innovative.