Brendan Steenhuisen.

This Top Nassau Resort Has a New Sommelier

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - January 6, 2024

Rosewood Baha Mar has appointed Brendan Steenhuisen as head sommelier, Caribbean Journal has learned.

Steenhuisen will oversee the wine program at all Rosewood Baha Mar dining outlets and operate with the goal of building the “best wine cellar in the Caribbean.”

Steenhuisen brings 23 years of experience in the beverage industry to his new role in The Bahamas.

“We are delighted to welcome Brendan to our esteemed team here at Rosewood Baha Mar,” said Rosewood Baha Mar Managing Director Monica Ortiz. “His fervency for fostering connections between individuals and wine is incomparable, as he prioritizes delivering exceptional service through continuous learning and an appreciation for the art. We look forward to bringing his wealth of expertise to guests and are excited to witness his growth within the Bahamian landscape.”

Steenhuisen’s current role as head sommelier includes curating unique wine selections for each dining venue, training his staff to bolster their wine service and knowledge, designing experiences and serving as a professional guide to guests. 

For Steenhuisen, his goal is to change the perception of wine from being exclusive to inclusive. 

“I hope to be the bridge between the winemakers and grape growers to Rosewood Baha Mar’s guests, and leave them with a deeper understanding that wine is food, and it is alive with flavor and distinction,” said Steenhuisen.

Steenhuisen said his food and beverage philosophy is influenced by his grandmother and is guided by love and enjoyment. 

“We eat to nourish our bodies, but dining is to feed the soul,” he said. “My favorite moments in life are when I’m surrounded by the people I love, enjoying great food and drinks.”

Steenhuisen’s portfolio will include Café Boulud The Bahamas, Costa, Manor Bar, and The Library.

“The best is yet to come,” he said. 

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