Seven Park Place by William Drabble is pleased to announce the appointment of Andre Luis Martins as Head Sommelier at the Michelin-starred restaurant housed in the five-star St James’s Hotel and Club.
Andre brings with him a wealth of experience and a great passion for fine wine, cementing his career as Cellar Master and Bar Manager at The Epsom Club House, part of London’s private members Royal Automobile Club. It was here that Andre was responsible for sourcing, maintaining and managing a cellar of over 600 wines from around the world where he gained valuable knowledge and expertise in the world of wine.
Andre will have the task of maintaining and keeping the impressive wine cellar up-to-date, sourcing interesting wines from around the world as well as organising wine tasting events. He will also spend time in front of house, both training the team and guiding diners through the wine selection, and will work alongside head chef William Drabble to ensure the contemporary French dishes are perfectly paired for a truly memorable dining experience.
Andre says, “I’m thrilled to be part of the team at St James’s Hotel & Club, and feel confident that my skill, expertise and passion as Head Sommelier will further cement the restaurant’s reputation for both fine dining and exceptional wine.” Andre is hoping to work towards attaining both the Master Sommelier and Master of Wine qualifications making him one of very few Portuguese members of the respected Court of Master Sommeliers, which currently only has 220 members internationally.
Graham Copeman, Managing Director of the St James’s Hotel and Club, commented, “We are delighted to welcome Andre to the restaurant team and look forward to him becoming a invaluable asset to Seven Park Place.”