EXECUTIVE CHEF, SANTINI BAR & GRILL
Having spent most of his life in WA, Nic Wood brings his passion for local seasonal produce to QT Perth. The lauded chef is one of QT’s culinary gurus, a fact cemented by his helm at Santini Bar & Grill in Perth, and his recent takeover (from afar) of the Gowings Bar & Grill kitchen at QT Sydney in 2020.
Initially training at Perth’s staple restaurants Frasers, Coco’s and The Fish House, Wood refined his craft as Executive Chef at QT Hotels & Resorts, where he was responsible for the pre-opening set up of both Falls Creek and QT Canberra, as well as the day to day running of the Hotel’s multiple food outlets.
After completing a stint as a consultant at Vomo Restaurant in Fiji, he returned to WA where he has made waves in the culinary scene.
In 2017 Wood opened his first venture, Piari & Co in Dunsborough, where he pushed his philosophy of paddock to plate, winning acclaim from critics and locals alike.
Ever the QT loyalist, Wood returned to take up the Executive Chef role at QT Perth. Having worked with Creative Food Director Robert Marchetti in his previous roles, the two share a mutual appreciation for the paddock to plate philosophy, and have formed a great union delivering an expansive menu at the hotels signature Restaurant Santini Grill, featuring a Mediterranean flair menu that celebrates ‘food from the sun’.
Inspired by the many regions of Italy, Santini Grill features wood fired cooking, the best local seasonal produce and Wood’s favourite ingredient, restraint. In 2018, Santini Bar & Grill took out Best New Restaurant of the Year at the WA Good Food Guide Awards.