Born and raised in British Columbia, Canada, Head Sommelier Andres Ituarte has been working in the food and beverage industry since he was 19. Originally starting out in the kitchen, he soon realized that wine was his true vocation. After he googling ‘sommelier’, and he finding out that there was a job where you could get paid to drink wine, he immediately signed up to wine classes through the International Sommelier Guild.
Since then Andres has worked in almost every facet of the wine world. In 2009, he became a certified sommelier and just 1 year later he moved to London to “make it on the big stage”. Getting his London start at Lutyens on Fleet Street 8 years ago, Andres is now pushing the boundaries of the wine program here at Coq d’Argent. in 2018 he has received Wine Spectator’s “Best of Award of Excellence” for the restaurant’s wine list.
When Andres is not at work you can find him judging and contributing for a multitude of magazines and websites, preaching the gospel of wine.