mytaste with Xavier Rousset MS

My taste with xavier rousset

xavier rousset

Appearing in the second episode of mytaste with Bibendum Wine is Xavier Rousset MS, owner of modern European restaurants Texture and 28-50. Xavier tells Jazz FM's Nigel Williams about how his career took off and his first experiences with wine.


2002 was the year Xavier's career really took off. He was promoted to Head Sommelier at Hotel du Vin and won Ruinart UK sommelier of the year competition. He also passed the Master Sommelier exam, becoming the youngest MS in the world at that time. Xavier was the first runner up in representing France at ‘Trophée Ruinart Meilleur Sommelier d'Europe 2005.’

In 2004, he became Head Sommelier at Michelin-starred Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, where he met Head Chef Agnar Sverrisson, with whom he went on to set up his first venture. The two had a vision of creating a restaurant where food and wine are of equal importance, resulting in Texture Restaurant which launched in 2007 and in 2010, added a Michelin star to its list of awards.

Xavier and Agnar’s second venture, 28-50 Wine Workshop & Kitchen, launched on Fetter Lane in London in June 2010. Its raison d’être was to deliver an exceptional variety of wines at excellent prices alongside simple, classic French food. Due to its success, a second site opened in Marylebone in June 2012.




Other notable industry figures featured in the series are: Thomasina Miers, co-founder of Wahaca; Dan Doherty, executive chef at Duck and Waffle and Sam and Eddie Hart, owners of Fino, Barrafina and Quo Vadis.

17th November 2014

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