RISING STAR SOMMELIER
AWARD SPONSORED BY
NOMI | Chicago
As part of a small group of up-and-coming young wine connoisseurs
in Chicago, Fernando Beteta, Sommelier and Manager of NoMI at the
Park Hyatt, considers his winning craft and innate skill in tasting
and pairing wines more of a lifestyle than a job. Since February
of 2005, Beteta has overseen the operation of the restaurant’s
main dining room, lounge and 10,000 bottle wine cellar.
A native of Guatemala, Beteta has a long history of experience
in the travel and hospitality industry, having learned from his
father, chef/owner of La Fonda de la Calle Real in Antigua.
He is also great grandson of Italian winemakers. After attending
the prestigious L’Ecole Hotelier de Lausanne, Switzerland,
Fernando worked in Rome, Florence, Sardinia and Thailand. Prior
to his current post, Beteta served as manager and sommelier of The
Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago.
At the age of 29 Beteta is already an Advanced Sommelier and is
currently studying for the Court of Master Sommeliers. In April
of 2005, he was awarded the title of Best Young Sommelier Midwest
by L’Ordre Mondial Des Gourmets Degustateurs Chaine Des Rotisseurs
and placed fourth in the national competition in May 2005.