Nestor Mercado Peña

Nestor Mercado Peña

Best Sommelier in Venezuela 2018 at Venezuelan Sommelier's Academy
Lives in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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About me

I’m a proactive person. That is why my main aim is to fulfill my professional and intellectual level in my area of expertise, in order to provide the best gastronomic experience for the clients and guests. Ultimately, I will love to develop my skills to offer a five stars service, compared to those in the gastronomic cosmopolitan areas.


6 years and 9 months

  • Assistant Beverages Manager

    MasterChef, the TV experience - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    F&B service
    January 2019 - Now · 1 year

  • Head Sommelier

    The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain - Manama, Bahrain

    F&B service
    May 2018 - Now · 1 year and 8 months

    Sommelier in charge of Beverage operation on the outlet, supervising the employees performance and the service

  • Best Sommelier in Venezuela 2018

    Venezuelan Sommelier's Academy - Caracas, Venezuela

    February 2018 - Now · 1 year and 11 months

    Winner of the Best Sommelier Contest of Venezuela 2018 endorsed by the International Association of sommelier ASI and representative of Venezuela in the Best Sommelier Contest of the Americas 2018 ASI Montreal - Canada

  • Head Sommelier

    La Esquina Caracas - Caracas, Venezuela

    October 2016 - April 2018 · 1 year and 7 months

    Development of the wine list, training of personnel in the area of wines and services, tastings to the public, advice to the guest at the time of choosing a wine, in charge of the inventory in general of the area of wines and liquors of the premises.

  • Brand Ambassador

    Ron Santa Teresa - Caracas, Venezuela

    September 2017 - February 2018 · 6 months

    Ambassador of the brand, direction of workshops and official cooperative tastings of the brand, presentation of new products to the market.

  • Sommelier / Gastronomy Services

    Restaurante Moreno - Caracas, Venezuela

    March 2016 - March 2017 · 1 year and 2 months

    Gastronomic advice, creation of the wine list, advice on the wine list, training of the staff in the service room, lifting of the procedure at the time of inventories in the liquor area and the wine list, procedure to standardize it in the elaboration of the cocktails, development of the maintenance and production check list for the room and bar area

  • Sommelier Sales Advisor

    Licoteca - Caracas, Venezuela

    January 2017 - January 2017 · 1 month

    Responsible for sales floor consulting for retail and wholesale sales of products imported and exported by the company, assistance in the customer collection process and delivery logistics management

  • Junior Sommelier

    Restaurant SantoBokado - Caracas, Venezuela

    June 2015 - August 2016 · 1 year and 3 months

    General wine service, advice on buying and consuming wine to the customer based on the choice of the menu to taste, training for the staff in the service area, in charge of inventories of liquors and local wine, management and supervisor of personnel in charge

  • Bartender

    Restaurante Ciccio - Bocca di Magra, Italy

    F&B service
    April 2013 - July 2015 · 2 years and 4 months

    Elaboration of the cocktails of the premises, maintenance of the air and work teams, assistance in the inventories of liquors, attention to the public


  • Tea Shop Manager

    Caracas Tea Company - Caracas, Venezuela

    November 2017 - December 2017

  • specialization in rums of Venezuela

    Venezuelan Sommelier's Academy - Caracas, Venezuela

    November 2017 - February 2018

  • Gastronomy Services

    venezuelan bartender's academy - Caracas, Venezuela

    April 2015 - May 2015

  • Sommelier

    Venezuelan Sommelier Academy - Caracas, Venezuela

    February 2015 - September 2018

    Specialist in wines and spirits, service and gastronomy

  • Food & Beverages

    Monteavila - Caracas, Venezuela

    February 2013 - January 2014

  • Bartender

    Venezuelan Bartender's Academy - Caracas, Venezuela

    January 2013 - April 2015


4 languages

  • Spanish

    Native or fluent

  • Italian

    Full professional

  • English

    Full professional

  • French


Personal information


  • Venezuelan

Work Permits

  • Bahrain

  • United Arab Emirates

Date of birth

July 02nd 1994


19 skills

  • Easy learner
  • Efficient proactive
  • Energetic and smiling
  • Flexible and proactive
  • Food and beverage management
  • Food and beverages
  • Food & beverage service
  • food cost
  • Good in microsoft
  • Hospitality
  • Hospitality sense
  • Italian food
  • Self-organised
  • Self-teaching
  • Staff motivation
  • Team leading
  • Team motivator
  • Very organized
  • Work smart

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