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ARNAUD BARDARY
Master sommelier
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About me

Born in Lons le Saunier in the area of Jura. I am now with my brother the 5th generation in the family working in the catering industry. I also had a grandfather and uncle producing wine under the iconic appellation Chateau Chalon. I still remember the bottling and a tasting at a very young age of a Chateau Chalon 1875.

 

 

I started my studies in catering in Le Mans, and then Nice and finished combining my passion for wine studying an extra year in Toulouse as a sommelier. At this time I had the chance to come in England for a job experience, where I discovered the huge international wine market that exist in the country.

After few harvest and vinification with Michel Issaly in Gaillac and Laleure Piot in Pernand Vergelesses I headed to Birmingham at Hotel du Vin where I meet few people who guided me through my professional experience as my studies. I then took the opportunity to go to Spain for a year and came back to London and entered few competitions and exams.

 

 

I have been working for Gordon Ramsay more than 5 years as head sommelier, managing a team of 14 people and finally passed in 2015 the renowned Master Sommelier Diploma.

I also spend as much time as possible in vineyards in order to understand the geography, grapes and everything as much as history related to each area.

 

 

It is now down to us, sommelier, to convey our knowledge to the guests, staff, friends and family.

« I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best. »

Oscar Wilde

Education
2015
Court of Master Sommeliers

Master Sommelier diploma

2015
Wine & Spirit Education Trust

Award in Sake

2012
Court of Master Sommelier

Advanced Sommelier

2012
WSET

Level 3, Advanced

2006 – 2007
Lycée hôtelier de Toulouse

Mention complementaire Sommelier, wine

2004 – 2006
Lycée Paul Augier Nice

BTS hotelier option B

2000 – 2004
Lycée Sainte Catherine, Le Mans

BEP/CAP and BAC Technologique Hotelier

Experiences
January 2017 - Now
Group Sommelier

Black Sheep restaurants / Hong Kong

Juillet 2011 – Mai 2016
Head Sommelier

Maze & Maze grill by Gordon Ramsay / London, United Kingdom

Juin 2009 – octobre 2009
Assistant head sommelier

Maze & Maze grill by Gordon Ramsay / London, United Kingdom

Juin 2009 – octobre 2009
Assistant Sommelier

Galvin At Windows / London, United Kingdom

Juin 2009 – octobre 2009
Assistant Sommelier

El Poblet / Denia, Spain

Septembre 2008 – Juin 2009
Head Sommelier

Casa Marcelo / Santiago De Compostela, Spain

novembre 2007 – Août 2008
Assistant Head Sommelier

Hotel du Vin / Birmingham, United Kingdom

Awards
  • Runner-up, Best sommelier of UK Academy of Food and Wine Service (juillet 2015)

  • Laurent Perrier Grand Siècle Trophy for the candidate with highest marks in the Master Sommelier exam 2015

  • Runner-up, International Young Sommelier Competition chaine des rôtisseurs (septembre 2012)

  • Best Young Sommelier Competition UK chaine des rôtisseurs (juin 2012)

  • 2nd place in the competition about Wines of the south west of France, and Heineken France, 2007

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