Rising Star Sommelier Daniel Toral of 50 Eggs Inc. - Biography
Daniel Toral went to the Culinary Institute of America to pursue a career in food, but his first wine class—and a sip of Riesling, in particular—changed that trajectory. After graduation, Toral worked as a food runner at Thomas Keller’s Per Se. That early, serious immersion into world-class hospitality hooked Toral on the front of the house, and he continued his formal education at Florida International University’s School of Hospitality, graduating in 2006.
A native of Venezuela, Toral felt at home in Miami and began his wine career in earnest at Karu & Y downtown. He then spent two years developing a regional, all-Italian wine list as restaurant manager of Fratelli Lyon in Miami, and worked as the beverage director for Sustain Restaurant + Bar. Moving up the ladder on South Beach, Toral took on the role of head sommelier at The Setai in 2012 and then Lippi Restaurants in 2014. In the meantime, he passed his Advanced Sommelier Exam from the Court of Master Sommeliers.
Now at 50 Eggs, Toral oversees wine lists for Yard Bird (Miami and Las Vegas), Swine, and Spring Chicken, and he was among The Miami Herald’s “South Florida Food 50” in 2015. In addition to representing Miami in the U.S. Guild of Sommeliers’ Top Somm competition, Toral won StarChefs 6th Annual Somm Slam in New York. And in 2016, Toral was named a StarChefs Rising Star Sommelier for South Florida.