Woodland Kitchen & Bar is owned by Damian and Jenni Heads. Damian runs the kitchen and Jenni works the floor, just as they did meeting on the launch of popular Garfish Restaurant in 2002.
Damian was awarded the SMH – 2003 Josephine Pignolet Award for best young chef and has filmed seven seasons of Channel Ten’s popular show, Ready Steady Cook. With several years at the helm of reputable restaurant group kitchens that included Fuel Bistro, Steel Bar and Grill and Pony Dining he embarks on their first solo restaurant venture. Along with a busy restaurant schedule, restaurant consultancy, charity work and doing the school rounds -Damian and Jenni juggle their two young children with the help of their fabulous team.
Simona Mezzetti is the Restaurant Manager. Simona is Italian, and has grown up in restaurants, as her family has owned and run restaurants in Italy for her whole life. Simona speaks 5 languages including Latin, and makes an awesome coffee.
Our Beautiful previous Restaurant Manager, Robert Lee, who was with us for 4 years, sadly passed away in September 2018, just before his 50th birthday; after a brave battle with Pancreatic Cancer. We miss him terribly.