Rosewood Baha Mar announces the appointment of Brendan Steenhuisen to head sommelier, where he will service all Rosewood Baha Mar dining outlets and operate with the goal of building the best wine cellar in the Caribbean, one of the most well-known luxury destinations in the world. Steenhuisen brings 23 years of experience in the beverage industry to his new role in The Bahamas.

Brendan Steenhuisen Appointed Head Sommelier at Rosewood Baha Mar

Steenhuisen’s current role as head sommelier includes curating unique wine selections for each dining venue, training his staff to bolster their wine service and knowledge, designing experiences, and serving as a professional guide to guests. For Steenhuisen, his goal is to change the perception of wine from being exclusive to inclusive. “I hope to be the bridge between the winemakers and grape growers to Rosewood Baha Mar’s guests, and leave them with a deeper understanding that wine is food, and it is alive with flavor and distinction.”


“We are delighted to welcome Brendan to our esteemed team here at Rosewood Baha Mar,” says Managing Director Monica Ortiz. “His fervency for fostering connections between individuals and wine is incomparable, as he prioritizes delivering exceptional service through continuous learning and an appreciation for the art. We look forward to bringing his wealth of expertise to guests and are excited to witness his growth within the Bahamian landscape.”


Steenhuisen’s food and beverage philosophy is influenced by his grandmother and is guided by love and enjoyment. “We eat to nourish our bodies, but dining is to feed the soul,” he says. “My favorite moments in life are when I’m surrounded by the people I love, enjoying great food and drinks.”


The most formative experience in Steenhuisen’s career was working with an incredible Maitre D named Frenchie at John Fortes Seafood & Chop House in Vancouver, BC. As a mentor, Frenchie taught Steenhuisen that in top-tier hospitality, the service, including mise-en-place and accuracy, must be two-thirds complete before introducing any sense of hospitality. “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but they will always remember how you made them feel,” says Steenhuisen. In addition to serving as a sommelier, Steenhuisen designed and patented the Aperio Wine Port Tongs, a wine-opening device that provides an obscure way of opening bottles by creating a clean break on the bottle’s neck.


Steenhuisen is excited to continue serving incredible wines at Café Boulud The Bahamas, Costa, Manor Bar, and The Library, all while simultaneously enjoying the natural ample beauty of the Bahamas at Rosewood Baha Mar. “The best is yet to come,” he says.


About Rosewood Baha Mar (Nassau, The Bahamas)

Set on the white sands of Nassau’s Cable Beach in The Bahamas, Rosewood Baha Mar is the effortless escape offering endless possibilities and unique experiences within the new multi-property resort enclave of Baha Mar. The resort’s 237 guestrooms, suites and beachfront villas epitomize Bahamian luxury, featuring architecture and interior styling reminiscent of a relaxed island estate. Rosewood Baha Mar offers five signature dining venues; private pools; and Sense, A Rosewood Spa®. Rosewood Baha Mar is operated and managed by Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, the leading hospitality group with a storied history of managing elite one-of-a-kind properties, offering Rosewood’s signature personalized service and unswerving attention to detail.

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About Rosewood Hotels & Resorts

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