awards & cv

International Wine Challenge
Senior Judge 2012-14
Decanter World Wine Awards
Judge and Panelist 2007-14
Vancouver Magazine Wine Awards
Judge 2010-2014
Sunset Magazine Wine Awards (California)
Judge 2010-2011
Sopexa, BCLDB Training
Consulting Sommelier
La Pentola della Quercia at the Opus Hotel
Consulting Wine Director
Chambar Restaurant
Wine & Design Consultant
Marquis Wine Cellars
Staff Trainer
Mendoza Masterclass with Sebastian Zuccardi
Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers
Founding Board member B.C. Chapter Director of Competitions/ International Relations
Hawksworth Restaurant
Head Sommelier & Wine Director, 2010-2012 Sommelier of the year, Vancouver Magazine Sommelier of the year, Playhouse International Wine Festival

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Sommelier of the year, Sunset Magazine (California based) Hawksworth Restaurant, Platinum Award (The highest honour in the Playhouse International Wine Festival Wine List Awards, the first time a new restaurant has achieved this prestigious classification) Maclean’s Magazine ‘Best new restaurant in Canada’ Maclean’s Magazine ‘Best Restaurant in Canada’ Vancouver Magazine ‘Best Fine DIning’ and ‘Restaurant of the Year’ Georgia Straight 2012 Golden Plate Awards Reader’s Choices Best New Fine Dining Reader’s Choice Best Fine Dining Reader’s Choice Best Hotel Dining Restaurant Industry’s Best Chef, David Hawksworth Restaurant Industry’s Best New Restaurant

Chez Bruce
Head Sommelier & Wine Buyer: 2005 - 2010 The Independent Food and Drink Awards- U.K's Best Wine List (2010) Harpers Wine and Spirits Magazine "Drinking Out Excellence Awards" - Nominated and shortlisted for both New World

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Wine Restaurant and European Wine Restaurant of the Year (2010) Best wine list in the U.K. The Independent newspaper Food and Drink awards (2010) Zagat Guide, London's #1 Restaurant for Food (2008-2010) The Hardens Guide "London's Favourite Restaurant" (2006-2010) Harpers Wine and Spirits Magazine "Drinking Out Excellence Awards" - Overall U.K. Wine Establishment of the year (2009) Harpers Wine and Spirits Magazine "Drinking Out Excellence Awards" - European Wine Restaurant of the year (2009) Decanter Magazine Restaurant of the Year (2007) The Observer Food Monthly Restaurant of the Year (Jay Rainer) (2007)

Wine Australia: Masterclass Host, 2009
I was selected by Wines of Australia to host a Master Class for a group of top London wine buyers and sommeliers. The group was lead through the Rieslings of the Clare and Eden Valleys and the Pinot Noirs of the Yarra and Mornington Peninsula. The seminar was followed by a tasting and food and wine matching exercise which was covered in depth by Imbibe magazine who will be publishing a dedicated article, with tasting notes, this January.
The Vancouver International Wine Festival: Festival Sommelier, 1999 - 2013
The Vancouver International Wine Festival is Canada’s premier wine industry event and one of the biggest wine events in the world, catering to both consumers and trade professionals. It features wine tastings and pairings, gourmet dinners and luncheons, educational seminars and culinary competitions.
Steamroller Restaurant Group: Fine Wine Consultant/Educator, 2003-2005
The Steamroller restaurant group was comprised of the Japanese/ Italian inspired Shumi on St. James and the Hush Restaurant/Brasserie & Le Cave Fine Wine Boutique, which are located in Mayfair. My roles included hosting themed tastings and dinners in the wine store/ private room La Cave as well as organizing staff education and training programs at the various outlets.
Richard Corrigan @ Lindsay House: Head Sommelier & Wine Buyer, 2002-2003
Located in the heart of Soho, the Michelin starred Lindsay House was the flagship restaurant of celebrated Irish chef Richard Corrigan. My role included purchasing all wine & beverages for the this busy Soho restaurant in addition to hiring and training a team of sommeliers and bar staff and maintaining the 700 bin list.  
West Restaurant: Wine Director/ Head Sommelier, 2000-2002
Best Wine List in Vancouver (small restaurant): Anthony Gismondi, The Vancouver Sun (2002) Best First Time Entry (wine list) The Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival Wine List Awards (2001) Best Wine List in British Columbia, Small Metropolitan Restaurant, The Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival Wine List Awards (2001)  
Media Publications:
Decanter Magazine: Glassware - Volume 32 No 12, September 2007 Decanting - Volume 32 No 8, May 2007

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Wine and food matching with the wines of Chile, Decanter Chile supplement 2007 Decanter Magazine Restaurant of the Year - February 2007 New Zealand Pinot Noir 2008 - Volume 33 No 12 Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2005 - Volume 33 No 8, May 2008 Argentinian Red Blends - Volume 24 No 2, November 2008 Chablis 1er Cru's 2005 - Volume 23 No 12, September 2007 Chilean Carmenere and Merlot - Volume 32 No 9, June 27 Chilean Syrah - Volume 34, No 9 Australian Pinot Noir, December 2009