I was born in the South West of France, in the city of Agen.
I come from a background were cooking and sharing family meals is really common place.
I think my passion for good food comes from my grandmother (my dad's mum) who was a primary school teacher and a very good cook. She would never (or very rarely) cook the same recipe twice. Her kitchen wallpaper, graph paper in style, was covered in handwritten recipes that she liked.
From a very young age I was also passionate about perfumes and one of the best presents I ever got from my parents was a perfumer kit to create your own combination of aromas.
My very first significant memory of wine is from my 16th birthday. My Granddad opened a special bottle of wine from the year of my birth. I remember being very excited by the idea of it and I decided to start reading about wine and to try to understant it better.
A few months later, I told my parents that I wanted to become a sommelier...
Most recent achievements
3rd Best Sommelier in the World 2016 (Mendoza-ASI)
8th Best Sommelier in Europe 2013 (Sanremo - ASI)
15th Best Sommelier in the World 2013 (Tokyo- ASI)
Best Sommelier in Ireland since 2009 (Irish Guild of
The Greenhouse Restaurant (current)
Patrick Guilbaud Restaurant
The Residence Private Members Club
WSET Level 4 Diploma
WSET Level 3 in Sake
Picture taken by Jean Bernard