Xavier Rousset MS
Xavier started his career working at various prestigious restaurants in France such as the two Michelin Star Le Laurent in Paris and Villa Belrose in St Tropez before becoming Chief Sommelier at the Hotel du Vin. In 2002, Xavier won the Ruinart UK Sommelier of the Year and became the youngest Master Sommelier in the world. He was next appointed Head Sommelier at the Michelin-starred Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons working with the esteemed Raymond Blanc. Upon leaving, Xavier, along with business partner Agnar Sverrisson, set up Texture restaurant in 2007 which, within only three years, won a Michelin Star plus a host of other accolades including three Rosettes in the AA Guide. In 2010, Xavier opened 28-50 Wine Workshop and Kitchen in Fetter Lane, followed by outlets in Mayfair and Marylebone.
Stepping away from restaurants for a year, Xavier travelled and ate his way around the world whilst also being a judge on key industry panels and teaching at the Court of Master Sommeliers. In 2016, he opened the Marylebone-favourite Blandford Comptoir and Cabotte in the City, which showcases his passion for the wines of Burgundy.
Sabrina moved to the UK’s hospitality scene in 2007, where she spent 5 years working for Hotel du Vin – including two openings.
She headed to 28-50 Marylebone, where she started as a Restaurant Manager before moving up to Group Restaurant Manager for all 28-50 sites.
Sabrina worked at Jason Atherton’s ‘Social Wine and Tapas’ for 1.5 years, before joining Xavier again to open Comptoir Café & Wine and then Blandford Comptoir, where she is now Operations Manager of both.
Carolina W Seibel
Head Sommelier & Manager
Carolina started out early in hospitality. According to her mother she was mixing drinks and seating guests in the family hotel by the time she was three years old. Her career started for real at Terrenos Vinotek (Winebar) in Stockholm about 10 years ago as head sommelier. After that Carolina took a job at famed TV chef Fredrik Eriksson’s Långbro Värdshus. There she honed her front of house skills as a manager and became responsible for events and conferences as well as being the go-to wine person. A short stint in Sydney, Australia, saw her working at fine dining Berowra Waters Inn and wine maestro Stuart Knoxs’s Fix St James. Returning to Sweden, she began studying the WSET Diploma and during the course moved to London to start at Michelin starred Portland where she took overall responsibility for wine. Being the true restaurant brat she is, Carolina tried her luck at opening her own restaurant in Stoke Newington, Moio. But fate would have it for her to take her knowledge with her to join Nathalie and the team at Comptoir Cafe and Wine.
Tanguy grew up in Lyon, in close proximity to the vineyards of Beaujolais and the Rhône Valley. Later, he obtained a diploma of winemaking and wine growing after 5 years of study between Beaune and Montpellier.
In 2011, Tanguy joined the English countryside and stayed working alongside Gerard Basset MS MW and Laura Rhys MS for 4 years. During this time Tanguy took part in the UK Sommelier Competition and was named ‘UK Sommelier of the year 2015’. After his win, he took up a new challenge as Head Sommelier at the Michelin star restaurant La Trompette in Chiswick for two years. He worked for D&DLondon group as Wine Manager before he joined us as Wine Director in March 2020.
Group Head Chef
From the Deep South of Italy, Sicily – Catania city sits on the foot of Vulcan Etna, which is where our chef first stepped into a kitchen of his family restaurant. Vittorio graduated at the Culinary School ‘Gambero Rosso’, following this he moved to Milan and then Vienna, to be trained in the art of Austrian – European gourmet cuisine.
In 2011 came to London, starting out at Vinoteca, he then took over the Head Chef position at Polpo Soho.
His cuisine is built on a foundation of Mediterranean cooking styles with a modern twist and fusion with Japanese techniques. “Truly tasty” is his motto!