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Judges' Résumés 2018 SIWC

Stuart Halliday (NSW). Third Time Panellist.

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Stuart Halliday (NSW)


June 2016 - Present
Head Sommelier Hotels

August 2007 – June 2016
General Manager/Sommelier

September 2005 – July 2007
Head Sommelier
Guillaume @ Bennelong
Sydney Opera House

May 2002 – August 2005
Head Sommelier - Merivale Group
est Restaurant

June 1998 – April 2002

Assistant Sommelier
M.G. Garage Restaurant

August 1995 – June 1998
Restaurant Manager/Sommelier
Bennelong Restaurant

July 1993 – August 1996
Section Manager
Darley Street Thai Restaurant

March 1991 – July 1993
Waiter/Trainee Manager
Rockpool Restaurant

2006 - present. Regular consumer educational activities and staff training courses.
2011 Vintage Curly Flat Winery, Macedon Ranges Vic
2011 Judge Margaret River Wine Show
2011 Associate - Sydney Royal Wine Show
2010 Associate - Sydney Royal Wine Show
2010 Associate - National Show Canberra
2005 Associate - NSW Wine Show
2004 Associate - NSW Wine Show
2004 Vintage Katnook Estate, Coonawarra SA
2000 Guest lecturer, US Cruise Ship Crystal Harmony. Talks on Australian wines.

2009 Len Evans Tutorial. Dux (Equal)
2009 Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide - ‘Sommelier of the Year'
2004 Australian Hotels Association - Winner ' Excellence in Service'
2004 Australian Gourmet Traveller Magazine - ‘Sommelier of the Year'
2003 Australian Gourmet Traveller Magazine - ‘Sommelier of the Year'

Married, with 2 children (9 years and 8 years)
Other interests: Golf, cooking, wine-tasting

Throughout my career in hospitality I have continually sought to develop my olfactory senses. At ‘Darley Street Thai’, I had the opportunity to explore the flavours of Thai cuisine and how these flavours could work with wine. It was at this point of my career that it was generally accepted in the local trade that I had a natural talent for matching wines to food.

Read Stuart’s Reflections on the 2015 Competition’s judging

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