Hailing from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ian was raised by his mother and grandfather who owned a family restaurant The Monterey Inn. While studying, Ian worked for the Starr Restaurant Group, one of the fast-growing multi-concept restaurants companies in North America. In 2004, Ian moved to Maryland’s Eastern Shore to manage The Inn at Easton, an award-winning boutique inn and restaurant, which was nationally recognized as one of Food & Wine’s Top 50 Hotel Restaurants. While at the helm, the restaurant received three stars from The Washington Postand received a glowing review by the late Johnny Apple in The New York Times. Ian further pursued his passion for wine while living in California where he explored the rich vintner’s landscape of Napa andSonoma Valley. In 2009, he completed the WSET Level 3 in Washington DC under Jay Youmans, MW, the Educational Director for Capital Wine School. Soon after Ian was recruited to become the wine buyer and store manager for The Winery, a family owned wine cellar known for it’s retail wine selection near Baltimore, Maryland.
In 2010, Ian and his Australian fiancée relocated to Australiawhere Ian was the Head Sommelier for Aria, one of the city’s leading restaurants. While at the helm for Aria Ian was awarded The Judy Hirst award for Australia’s best Sommelier, and best wine list and best Sommelier in Australia through Sydney Morning Herald “Good Food Guide”. As of November 2018 Ian, has been the group Sommelier for the exciting Howard Smith Wharves precinct, looking after four venues, event spaces and pop up activations.