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Dent - Certified Sommelier - Manchester, England, UK

Mark Anthony Dent

Manchester, England, UK


A love of wine, customer and ensuring an alluring environment in which to deliver beautiful products with a world class service is always a challenge yet always rewarding when achieved.


Certified Sommelier


Head Sommelier at the award winning Diva Restaurant in Vancouver. I have been privileged to work with the Head Chef for the King of Belgium and also some of the highest ranked North American Chefs at the Bocuse d’Or.

Work History

Wine Consultant


From March 2014

Manchester, UK

Wine category management for nominated accounts


March 2013 - March 2014

Stockport, Cheshire UK

In all actions, drive the Wine & Champagne categories.
Wine category management in nominated accounts.
Prospect and win new identified wine accounts.
To be the Wine Ambassador of Robinsons Wines -
demonstrating passion for all products.

Consultative Channel wine approach supporting nominated accounts.

Runner-up Retail Buying Team Business

(Higher placed than Waitrose)

Wine Buyer/Store Manager


June 2008 - March 2013

Manchester, UK

Create and adhere to critical plan.
Achieve all financial targets.
Develop market-leading wine ranges, which optimise sales and profitability.
Ensure pricing of assortments is in line with the agreed business strategy.
Create and deliver effective promotions.
Effectively negotiate business terms with current and new suppliers.
Translate in-depth knowledge of the wine categories, target customers and market dynamics into business opportunities.

Winner Decanter Innovative Wine Merchant of the Year 2011
Winner International Wine & Spirits Competition Independent Merchant of the Year 2011
Winner Harpers Outstanding Customer Service Top Merchants Awards 2011
Winner Manchester Food & Drink Festival Best Wine List 2010
Winner International Wine Challenge Merchant of the Year Award for Northern England 2010

Store Manager


October 1999 - May 2008

Top Three in country for 'average spend per person' Alderley Edge, Cheshire
Top Five in the country for Cognac/Brandy sales Alderley Edge, Cheshire
Top Ten in the country for Whisky sales Alderley Edge, Cheshire
Top Ten in the country for Champagne sales Alderley Edge, Cheshire
Top Thirty Five in the country for Fine Wine sales Alderley Edge, Cheshire
Successfully opened Wilmslow Cheshire Branch from conception in 2005

Throughout my wine-retailing career, I have always had an interest in understanding consumer
habits, needs and their requirements. I am continuously examining how I can make the customers
shopping experience seamless. Appropriately anticipating customer needs by providing the best
product locations, product information, and analysing the customer flow to locate the right hotspots.
Understanding the importance of sales to space requirements and finally, an understanding of shopping trends that are constantly changing in a highly competitive and challenging economic

Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards

Best Regional (West Coast) Critics Choice (Gold).
Gourmet Magazine: Top Table Vancouver 1998.
Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards 1998:
Restaurant of the Year, Readers Choice (Gold).
Best Pacific Northwest, Critics Choice (Gold).

Gourmet Magazine:

Top Table Vancouver

Head Sommelier

DIVA @ THE MET - Metropolitan Hotel

Vancouver Canada

Achieved consistently healthy wine sales.
Stock management and maintenance of 350 bin restaurant list.
Ordering stock, checking deliveries, stock management, awareness of stockholding targets and margins.

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