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Rory Pugh,
Jean-Georges, NYC
Rory Pugh is a hospitalitarian at his core, having
honed his craft at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar in
San Diego.
He was there for nearly three years when he met
Michael Scaffidi, the chef sommelier at Jean-Georges
in NYC, at a wine tasting in southern California. The
two hit it off, and a week after the tasting, Pugh was
on a plane to NYC to interview. He started as a sommelier at Jean-Georges in August 2015. It took Pugh
only a little over a year to move up, and in February
of this year, he took over as chef sommelier-heading up a six-person team and a cellar full of treasure
in Burgundy and Bordeaux; vintage Champagne
going back to the '80s; Ch√Ęteau d'Yquem spanning
35 vintages; and an impressive selection of Madeira
and Alsatian late-harvest wine. Yet Pugh quickly
identified some areas to enrich, and has since amped
up the selections from the Loire Valley, Austria, Germany and less-heralded appellations of Burgundy.
Rather than pinpoint a moment, job or bottle that
turned him on to wine, Pugh's says his transition
from earning a German Studies degree at San Diego
State to diving into hospitality came through understanding the importance of the dining experience.
"We only have 168 hours in the week, and that's
not a lot of time," says Pugh. "Restaurants are one
of those places where you should be able to come in,
lean back and feel absolutely taken care of, at any
level." Dining out, for Pugh, is a release from the
workweek, a time to spend with his wife and friends.
"When I understood the power of that is when I
wanted to focus one hundred percent on hospitality." -DEANNA GONNELLA

photo by Mike Rush

He's incredibly knowledgeable and opinionated,
but still puts the guests' needs first.
- Andrea Morris, Nix, NYC
He's a young guy who has a great team of
sommeliers under him and is very kind and
humble tableside. -Amy Racine, Dovetail, NYC
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