Beverage Director David Lawler to depart the Rockpool Group – His replacement is Sebastian Crowther MS

Wed, 3 August 2016. 

Director of the Rockpool Group Neil Perry AM has announced the departure of highly regarded Beverage Director and Sommelier David Lawler.  David is leaving his position in early August to start his own business venture.


David will be replaced by the current Head Sommelier of Rockpool est. 1989 Sebastian Crowther MS, who will move to Melbourne to assume the Beverage Director role and management of the wine lists for Rockpool Bar & Grill, Spice Temple and Rosetta Ristorante.


Neil and the management team are disappointed to be losing David but they wish him well for the future.


“David has been an integral part of our Melbourne team for 10 years and while we will miss his wine knowledge and meticulous management of our wine lists, he will be a great success in his own business,” said Neil.


Sebastian is one of only two Master Sommeliers in Australia and has been with the Rockpool Group for almost two years.  He is heavily involved in the Australian wine industry as a consultant, educator and wine judge and is a past recipient of Gourmet Traveller WINE’s Judy Hirst Award (2012) as well as the Sydney Morning Herald’s ‘Sommelier of the Year’ Award (2015).


“Sebastian has very big shoes to fill but we know he will do an outstanding job in managing the beverage lists and more than 30 wine and bar staff.  He is incredibly talented, knowledgeable and personable, and he will be a great asset to our Melbourne restaurants,” Neil said.


Rockpool Bar & Grill’s Sommelier Yuki Hirose will be replacing Sebastian Crowther as Head Sommelier of the soon-to-open Eleven Bridge.




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About the Rockpool Group

Headed by Neil Perry AM, Trish Richards and David Doyle, the Rockpool Group is one of Australia’s largest and leading restaurant companies.It comprises Eleven Bridge, Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney, Rockpool Bar & Grill Melbourne, Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth, Spice Temple Sydney, Spice Temple Melbourne, Rosetta Ristorante and Burger Project.The Rockpool Group also has its own charitable arm – The Rockpool Foundation – that supports initiatives that strengthen communities and promote real social change.

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