Rockpool Dining Group can tailor bespoke workshops and masterclasses for personal enrichment, entertainment, and skills development.

Classes can be delivered in a private events or dining space at a Rockpool Dining Group restaurant or bar, or off-site at corporate gatherings, leadership retreats. or other locations.

Engagements are designed to align our insights and expertise with the interests and needs of a particular group, whether the audience is capping off a day of workshops, or learning to navigate a wine or beer list with confidence and skill for client entertainment scenarios.Classes are designed and hosted by a team of talented sommeliers, bar managers and beer experts.

Sebastian Crowther MS – Beverage Director, Premium Restaurants VIC/WA

Sebastian has travelled the world far and wide, gaining expertise in the wine and hospitality industries. Most recently Sebastian was part of the Merivale Group wine team where he assisted in the implementation and management of wine programs in Uccello and Felix restaurants, among others.

Sebastian has also headed up the wine team at the renowned Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld, regional Victoria. It was here he won the Judy Hirst award for best wine list in Australia. On returning to Sydney, Sebastian worked with the team at Sixpenny and China Group before starting at Rockpool Est. 1989 in 2014. The following year, he won the Sydney Morning Herald’s Sommelier of the Year award. Sebastian undertook the Court of Master Sommeliers exams and passed his final exam in London in 2013 after five years of study, making him one of only two Master Sommeliers in Australia.

Sebastian is heavily involved in the Australian wine industry as a consultant, educator and wine judge.

Richard Healy – Wine Director, Premium Restaurants NSW/QLD

Richard’s extensive travels  through Europe and the Americas fortified his leap into a career in wine.

Prior to his current position, Richard was General Manager and Beverage Director of Rockpool Est. 1989 and Head Sommelier at Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth. During Richard’s tenure, both Rockpool Est. 1989 and Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth earned numerous awards for their wine programs.

Richard has completed his Wine and Spirit Education Trust Diploma and achieved a Court of Master Sommeliers Advanced Certification in Toronto, Canada.

Dominic Dighton – Urban Craft Brewing Co, General Manager

Dominic has worked for the Group for over 25 years. His love of beer stretches back to his travels in Europe in his early twenties, during which he visited Munich’s famous Oktoberfest and became enamoured with Bavarian bier and brewing techniques. On his return to Sydney, he began working in the cellars of Sydney Bavarian bier institution, Lowenbrau Keller (now Munich Brauhaus).

Dominic is the brains, and taste buds, behind some of the flagship beers produced by Urban Craft Brewing Co, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rockpool Dining Group. 

Ryan Gavin – National Bar Manager, Premium Restaurants 

Ryan commenced with the Group in 2009, as junior bartender at Spice Temple Sydney. Following a brief sojourn overseas, he returned to the Group as junior bartender at Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney and within five years had progressed to Bar Manager, which is a position he held for five years before assuming his current role. Ryan develops and maintains innovative cocktail programs across the Group’s premium restaurants and bars, and also trains, coaches and mentors a national bar team.

Ryan has travelled extensively in Europe and the United States and lived in Rome for three years from 2007-2010.  His travels have taken him to Sweden, where he immersed himself in the craft of gin distilling during a visit to the Hernö  Distillery. His work has also taken him to the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico, where he studied the art of small-batch tequila making at Hacienda Patrón.

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