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Somm in Reverse

Somm in Reverse

Dear Good Somm Bad Somm,

I'm a long time sommelier however I'm choosing to leave my prestigious job in wine to become a server at a trendy new spot.  I'm hoping to make some fast cash and have more free time to pursue new endeavors. But I'm also afraid I'm going backward in my career.  Any advice?

Sincerely,

Somm in Reverse

Good Somm

Dear Somm in Reverse,

Wow!  Big change!  Yes, it's true: being a wine director has perks and prestige, but it can also consume your life.  Many prominent wine directors take a step down from their position to chase lifelong goals.  If you need time to pursue your Master of Wine or Court of Master Somms diploma, it could be a good move.  Or it may give you time to finish that novel or create that business plan you want to pursue!  Being a server can give you freedom.  Knowing exactly what you need and where to put your focus ahead of time can return big rewards. 

Sincerely,

Good Somm

Bad Somm

Dear Somm in Reverse,

Don't worry. You're not a loser.  Not completely, anyway.  Being a waiter can be somewhat of a living nightmare, but there are some good points too (as my colleague stated above).  Just remember when I dine at your restaurant, I like room temperature, bottled water with no ice, lime and lemon slices and I'm also allergic to shellfish, dairy and gluten.   I'm also doing like a "vegan thing" right now, so no animal products except for some beef for my main course, which I prefer charred on the outside and rare in the middle.  OH, and also:  We've got theater tickets at 8, but I still want a tasting menu with wine pairings, so make it quick.  And also, my wife thinks you're hot.  What time do you get off?  We want to swing with you. 

 

Yours Truly,

Bad Somm

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