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Fernando Beteta, MS

Fernando Beteta’s education in food and wine began at his parents’ top-rated restaurant in La Antigua, Guatemala. He attended the prestigious École hôtelière de Lausanne and worked in hotels in Rome, Florence and Sardinia in Italy and Koh Samui, Thailand. He has overseen award-winning wine programs at The Dining Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago and NoMI at the Park Hyatt Chicago where he supervised a wine cellar that contained over 10,000 bottles of wine. In 2009 Fernando became the 99th Master Sommelier in North America and the first Guatemalan in the world to earn the honor. He placed second for “The Best Sommelier in America” in 2009 and has been named one of “America’s Best New Sommeliers” by Wine & Spirits magazine, in addition to appearing on the Wine Enthusiast list of “40 Under 40.”

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