As a career sommelier and ‘wine guy’ Chris has worked at some of the most respected restaurants in Australia, and has become one of Australia’s renowned wine communicators through his work in restaurants, media and wine education.
In 2006 Chris was named the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Sommelier of the Year, regarded as one of his professions highest accolades. In 2006 he was awarded a scholarship to the prestigious Len Evans Tutorial held annually in the Hunter Valley, which legendary wine writer James Halliday refers to as the “most exclusive wine school in the world”.
The same year Chris completed the Advanced Wine assessment course at Roseworthy Agricultural College paving the way for him to work as a Judge on the Australian Wine Show circuit where he has worked at a regional and national level. For a number of years Chris also served on the judging panel for the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Wine List of the Year award and Sommelier of the Year award.
In 2007 Chris took a break from the restaurant world to work with renowned wine personality Stuart Gregor at Liquid Ideas, a public relations company specialising in wine, travel and leisure and in 2008 Chris joined the team at Pernod Ricard Australia as their first National Wine Ambassador and later became Premium Wine Brands’ Global Wine Ambassador in 2011. His role was as a representative of the champagne category and Australian wines to both media and trade internationally.
Chris returned to restaurants to work with mentor Guillaume Brahimi at Guillaume at Bennelong as group head sommelier in 2013 to work across his three restaurants in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. In 2015 he was appointed as Wine Director for The Keystone Group and now works across the group’s 25 venues and is responsible for growth and creative direction of one of Australia’s largest on premise wine programs.
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