With an elite fine dining background and 18 years of experience as an expert sommelier, Sebastien Allano’s storied career is driven by a constant desire to learn.
Sebastien’s wine education began at age 14 when he enrolled at Lycée Chaptal de Quimper, a hotel and restaurant school in France. After three years of training at Lycée Hôtelier de Dinard, he graduated with a Master Sommelier degree.
After working at the renowned restaurants, La Tour d'Argent in Paris (two Michelin stars) and Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in England (two Michelin stars), Sebastien returned to France and received a world-class education from three top sommeliers at Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris (three Michelin stars). These crucial years allowed Sebastien to master nuance, subtlety and a wide base of rare wine knowledge, giving him the ability to compare, contrast and develop the measured palate of a true sommelier.
Sebastien’s career then took him to New York where he worked as Assistant Chef Sommelier at legendary Michelin starred restaurants, Daniel (two Michelin stars) and Le Bernardin (three Michelin stars). In 2007, he joined the Four Seasons Hong Kong and became Hotel Head Sommelier in 2009 while leading a team of six sommeliers in two fine dining restaurants, Lung King Heen (three Michelin stars) and Caprice (three Michelin stars).
In 2017, Sebastien joined Gourmet Dining Group as Wine Director. To him, wine is not about knowledge but enjoyment, and Sebastien has mastered the ability to create the perfect pairing experience for guests.