Leading the award-winning wine program at Hawksworth Restaurant, Bryant Mao joins in the role of Wine Director, from one of London’s foremost restaurants.
From humble roots at recognized Vancouver restaurants Brix and George Ultra Lounge in 2006, where Bryant established a passion for both the bar and wine programs as well as the front of house service experience, he was drawn to metropolitan hub of London, England with an eagerness to grow his knowledge and fuel his passion for wine. Bryant returned to Vancouver for the 2010 Olympics and met several of the current Hawksworth team members, before returning to Europe.
At Chez Bruce, Bryant honed his trade under the skillful guidance of past Hawksworth Wine Director Terry Threlfall, Sommelier of the Year 2012. A certified Sommelier with the drive to achieve Master Sommelier in the near future, Bryant’s passion for wine and dedication to an elevated customer experience makes him the perfect custodian of the Hawksworth Wine Program, which won platinum at the 2012 Vancouver International Wine Festival.
Expect to see a continued commitment to a deep value wine program at Hawksworth, under Bryant’s expert guidance, with additional approachable varietals and rare vintages from globally-admired wineries. Through exposure to Old World programs in London, and an ingrained respect and deep appreciation for wine, Bryant plans to bring more producers from the regions of Mosel, Piedmont, Burgundy and Champagne onto the program as well as continuing to build rewarding partnerships with winemakers in British Columbia’s Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys.