Jay is a sommelier currently based in Toronto, Ontario. Jay’s love of wine started when he moved to Whistler in 2000 and began working at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. He has worked with the Gordon Ramsay group in One and Two Michelin Star Restaurants in London UK. He returned to Whistler where he was the wine buyer for The Fairmont Chateau Whistler.
He has worked three harvests and eventually worked for a full year at Orofino, a small, boutique winery located British Columbia’s Similkameen Valley.
In 2011 Jay moved to Vancouver and was part of the opening team at Hawksworth restaurant. There he helped to create an multiple award winning wine program that drew from his years of experience in London and Whistler.
In 2014 he moved to Toronto to be closer to family and take on new challenges in a larger market. Since then he has been instrumental in building wine programs for two different restaurant openings; Colette Grand Cafe and the reestablished Peter Pan Bistro.
He received his diploma through the International Sommelier Guild and a Diploma through the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. Along the way he also earned a Master Napa Valley award through the Napa Valley Vintners Educational Program, was named Whistler’s Best Sommelier by the readers of The Question Newspaper and won the International Culinary School wine professional challenge.