Turn your passion for wine into a career
A passion for wine may be an unconventional foundation for a career, but it can be an asset in the restaurant and hotel industries where wine appreciation is a core experience for customers.
Choose the right qualification
A restaurant or hotel management degree at Le Cordon Bleu could be the first step for those wanting to become wine merchants or sommeliers with subjects such as wine fundamentals, and food and beverage management laying a foundation for wine connoisseurship.
Industry placements (Work Integrated Learning) offer students real workplace experience allowing them to develop their skills and learn from industry experts. Le Cordon Bleu has an outstanding network of five-star establishments to support students in Work Integrated Learning placements. If you want to specialise in the wine industry, or for example, become a sommelier you could look at Wine and Spirit Education Trust courses after completing your Le Cordon Bleu degree.
After graduating, you'll be qualified to work in a restaurant or hotel and apply your knowledge of wine culture, sharing your expertise and passion with clients.
A Bachelor of Business (International Restaurant Management) or Bachelor of Business (International Restaurant Management) can start you on the path to an international career. As a Le Cordon Bleu graduate you are well-connected with lifelong membership to a global alumni network. An internationally recognised qualification from Le Cordon Bleu will give the edge on the competition for overseas job opportunities.
Become a trail blazer
A Le Cordon Bleu graduate who has found success in his passion is Ambrose Chiang. After studying a Bachelor of Business (International Restaurant Management) Ambrose went on to become a finalist in the Gault and Millau 2016 Sommelier of the Year Award.
Ambrose is now head sommelier at the world-class restaurant Momofuko Seibo in Sydney, where his role allows him to combine his passion for cuisine and wine. He is constantly researching and learning as he selects wines from over 400 producers and he has a particular focus on minimal intervention wines, finding the best possible pairings with the food the kitchen team produces.
To discover how you can turn your passion for wine into an amazing career, contact us today.