Mornington Peninsula places to eat: Chef Phil Wood's seven dishes you must try

CAPE SCHANCK OLIVE OIL

Cape Schanck olive oil is just remarkable. Produced using a single varietal ethos, each one of their oils is distinctly different from the next and is a real eye opener for anyone that is accustomed to blended extra virgin olive oil. The Picholine olive oil tastes of savoury herbs and is perfect for meat, the Frantoio olive oil is wonderfully fragrant and makes for an incredible table oil, and the Picual olive oil is a curious varietal that has aromas and flavours of green tomato and passionfruit. We're serving their oil with our wood roasted apple bread.

See capeschanckestate.com.au

VANILLA SLICE, JUST FINE FOOD

The first time I visited Sorrento, I noticed the sign out the front: "Home of Sorrento's famous vanilla slice". I thought for sure it was a tourist trap but I fell in to it anyway and I am so glad that I did. It is such a joyous delightful rendition of a classic vanilla slice.

See facebook.com/famousvanillaslice

KIPFLER POTATO, HAWKES VEGETABLES

Hawkes Vegetables at Boneo produces a kipfler potato that I fell in love with straight away. At the restaurant, we're serving them crispy with smoked eel dip and breakfast radishes. At home, just roast them with some good butter, garlic and olive oil. It's like eating candy.

See hawkesvegetables.com.au

MORNINGTON PENINSULA CHOCOLATES

This Flinders providore produces beautiful handmade chocolates from the finest French ingredients. Their constantly changing truffle fillings are amazing and their hot chocolate served from the cafe is next level.

See mpchocolates.com.au

TWICE-BAKED SOUFFLE, CAKES & ALE

Cakes & Ale is a fantastic little bistro on the main street of Sorrento. It has a super relaxed vibe and great food. I am a sucker for cheese souffles and the twice-baked souffle here is fantastic.

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See cakesandalerestaurant.com

SAUSAGE ROLL, FOXEY'S HANGOUT

Whichever part of the Mornington Peninsula you're exploring, Foxey's Hangout is a must. My partner Lis and I take everyone visiting us straight there. The menu is super simple and full of flavour – I'll never get sick of the mushroom sausage rolls – and the place is always busy and humming. Go early, have a wine tasting before you sit down to eat, relax and enjoy.

See foxeys-hangout.com.au


COFFEE, MERRICKS GENERAL STORE

Merricks General Wine Store is a genuine community gathering place on this side of the Peninsula. You can pop into the main cafe/restaurant/cellar door during the day, but I love getting my coffee from the verandah next door. It's a beautiful, leafy space and they often have amazing art on display inside the cottage.

See mgwinestore.com.au 
 

Phil Wood's career includes the kitchens of Rockpool and Eleven Bridge, where he was executive chef. At Point Leo Estate's new restaurant and cellar door, he has created a modern bistro with Australian flavours.

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