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Stuart Halliday (NSW)
June 2016 - Present
Head Sommelier Hotels
August 2007 – June 2016
September 2005 – July 2007
Guillaume @ Bennelong
Sydney Opera House
May 2002 – August 2005
Head Sommelier - Merivale Group
June 1998 – April 2002
M.G. Garage Restaurant
August 1995 – June 1998
July 1993 – August 1996
Darley Street Thai Restaurant
March 1991 – July 1993
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