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.
After Nathalie gained her Higher National Diploma in Marketing and Hotel Management in 2011, she worked for Brittany Ferries before moving to London in 2012, where she worked as a waitress in 28-50 Fetter Lane for Xavier Rousset. She then spent a summer season back in France working as a restaurant supervisor. Nathalie returned to London to work for Xavier, Gearoid and Malcolm at Greenwich Kitchen (now GK Pizza and Bar) where she progresses from Assistant Manager to Restaurant Manager. In April 2017, together with Sabrina Barreiros and Xavier Rousset, they opened Comptoir Café and Wine Mayfair. Nathalie makes ‘the best’ coffee.
Carolina W Seibel
Assistant Manager & Sommelier
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.
Marco de Frutos Casas
Executive Head Chef
Born and raised in Madrid (Spain) where he did his first steps into the kitchen before been graduated at the Culinary School. After that, he moved to Bordeaux to be trained in the art of classic French style.
Once ready, he jumped to London starting at 28/50 where he first met Xavier Rousset. Then he passed from different restaurants, taking the best of each one building himself till join the team at Blandford Comptoir.
His cuisine is built on a solid foundation of Traditional French and Mediterranean cooking with a modern twist that excites the senses.
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.
Romain joined the hospitality world in 2005 whilst studying Gastronomy in le Mans, in France.
To expand his knowledge and horizons he moved to Lyon in 2014, where he worked in Michelin restaurant “Cour des Loges” and wine shop of the year 2010 “Antic Wine”. Romain says “these were two of the greatest professional experiences of my life.”
Following his move to London in 2017, Romain joined Tanguy Martin at Michelin restaurant “La Trompette”, in Chiswick. He joined Blandford Comptoir as Head Sommelier/Wine Buyer in November 2018.
During his time with us, he has built ‘the short wine list’; a selection over 80 references by the glass, featuring a wide variety of countries and styles. The ‘full wine list’ with a strong focus on the Rhone Valley: Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Crozes-Hermitage, Saint-Joseph … you name it.
What Romain loves the most about our loyal customers, is that when they have barely sat down on their chair, they say “I trust you” with their wine choice. Earning and keeping this trust is essential and he believe makes all the difference in London.