Jonathan Bauer-Monneret : a Wine prodigy crowned in 2014
- Best French Sommelier 2014
- Experience in Luxury hotels and Fine-dining restaurants
- Owner on his own place in Toronto since 2018
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Born on the 25th July 1985 in Strasbourg, Jonathan went on to study at Illkirch hotel school. He initially wanted to become a cook but changed his plans and, guided by his taste for contacts and sharing, chose to be a wine waiter.
He quickly mastered the different vineyards of the Alsace region in northern France and in 2006 he joined our wine waiter team at the Constance Hotels Experience. Jonathan now has a fantastic knowledge of the wines of the new world – but he’s always learning and increasing his expertise while working alongside Jérôme Faure.
“We work at the Blue Penny Café with a wine list of 300 French wines and some 300 more from different countries of the southern hemisphere,” says Jonathan. Jonathan is determined, ambitious and always smiling – and he loves his work.
From the title of Best Young Sommelier of France – Duval Leroy Trophy in 2009 to Best French Sommelier in 2014
When the results were announced, Jonathan Bauer-Monneret, who was attending his first final, showed great joy. Having already won the title of Best Young Sommelier of France – Duval Leroy Trophy in 2009, his talent has now brought him another step higher.
The Alsatian aged 29 who works at Restaurant Spring in Paris has his name registered on the list of winners, five years after he got the title of Best Young Sommelier of France.
A discreet enthusiast who masterly played the finals in Beaune, in the heart of Burgundy, and welcomed by the BIVB.
In autumn 2009, Jonathan Bauer-Monneret surprised the fans of contests by winning the title of Best Young Sommelier of France—Duval-Leroy Trophy. He then used to work in the Indian Ocean, within the Mauritian group Constance. “It was my first job after my studies at the vocational school Alexandre Dumas in Illkirch-Graffenstaden. That is where I used for the first time my complementary mention sommellerie that I passed at Antoine Woerlé’s side. Jérôme Faure, Prince Maurice head sommelier, supported me when I talked about this contest …”
A few months later, the man from Strasbourg came back to France, beside Manuel Peyrondet, at Royal Monceau and tried his luck at the elders’ contest. With a lukewarm result. Semi-finalist in Fontevraud, he attended the finals in the audience. “Two years later, in Marseille, I didn’t do better!”
Youth in power
This year, at last, he was in the last batch of candidates and experienced the thrills of finals played in front of a public. And in the theatre La Lanterne Magique that was full with 500 persons and real supporters of the candidates, Jonathan Bauer-Monneret held the pressure.