Chef Scott Pickett headlines new dining concepts at The Continental Sorrento

restaurateur Scott Pickett and publican Craig Shearer will lead the food and beverage outlets at The Continental Sorrento.

Chef restaurateur Scott Pickett and publican Craig Shearer have united in a new hospitality partnership for the food and beverage outlets at The Continental Sorrento.

The food and beverage outlets will include signature restaurant, Audrey’s, named after Pickett’s grandmother, a public bar, beer garden, conservatory, pool-side, street dining, late-night venue, and 24 hour in-room dining, as well as a sunset roof deck open for private bookings.

When it opens the precinct will also feature a host of function spaces including Halcyon Hall, the building’s original grand ballroom restored to its former glory.

Pickett said The Continental Sorrento is “a beautiful and significant establishment”.

“It’s been brilliant working with Craig across areas that are new to us like high volume bars and large patron numbers expected to reach up to 5,000 a day,” he said.

“It’s a little bit different from where I started with a 30 seater restaurant in Northcote.”

Shearer said the challenge will be to “hit our stride quickly” as they prepare to open in time for peak season.

“This is an incredible addition to the Mornington Peninsula and I’m really looking forward to opening the doors to all our venues, and seeing the place full and buzzing,” he said.

When it reopens in December, The Continental Sorrento will also include the new 108 room InterContinental Sorrento Mornington Peninsula, which will be managed by IHG Hotels & Resorts, and a wellness centre.