Jean-Benoît Hinse Head sommelier
A native of Quebec City, Jean-Benoit started working in restaurants when he was only a teenager. After studying Administration, he moved to Montreal and earned a DEP in Professional Italian Cuisine from ITHQ. Starting out as a waiter, he became a barman and then Maître d’ in various establishments.
He discovered sommelerie by working with passionate experts at Cube, Aszu and Garçon. As he was working on the opening of Au Chaud Lapin, a Plateau restaurant of which he was co-owner, Jean-Benoit completed a sommelier training at ITHQ and furthered his studies at the WSET Wine and Spirit Education Trust before becoming sommelier of Maison Boulud at the Ritz-Carlton for almost two years.
For this passionate unifier, it is very important to contribute to the profession and to be actively involved with its major players. Jean-Benoit is Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers, founder and manager of the Midtown Le Sanctuaire wine club and works as a buyer and sommelier for private customers. He also organizes and hosts private parties and corporate wine events.
He has been sommelier at l’Auberge Saint-Gabriel since July 2016