Lock 50 Restaurant has appointed Andrew Carmody Sommelier & Beverage Director.
Mr. Carmody most recently worked in Naples, FL but was born, raised and educated in Melbourne Australia.
“We are very pleased to have Andrew join Lock 50. He is a talented and deeply experienced international wine sommelier and we look forward to him becoming an integral part of the continued development of this restaurant,” said Lock 50 owner Ed Russo.
Mr. Carmody discovered his passion for wine at an early age while working along side his Aunt, a Viticulturist and his Uncle, an Enologist. Together they grew grapes for some of the most respected winemakers in Australia and trained a young Andrew on all aspects of wine production.
At the age of 16, he became a Certified Sommelier and shortly thereafter obtained the level of Advanced Sommelier. Mr. Carmody continued his education at the University of Melbourne receiving his degree in Enology, Viticulture and Wine Technology. During this time, he trained with many top-rated chefs and developed his passion for pairing the perfect wine to enhance the culinary experience.
Mr. Carmody left Australia at the age of 25, settling on the west coast of Florida. He worked and lived in the Tampa area having co-owned and operated the International Cellar Wine Bar & Shop then relocated to Naples, FL. In Naples, he became a wine consultant for Fairways Wine Vault and ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, and was co-founder of the Naples/Ft. Myers Sommelier Society where he developed a continuing education program that encouraged members to become Advanced Sommeliers. He was also intricately involved in the Naples Winter Wine Festival, organizing dinners featuring some of the most respected wines including those from Peter Michael Winery and Chateau Marguax.
Mr. Carmody has traveled extensively to the magnificent vineyards of Argentina, Bordeaux Burgundy, Chile, Italy, Spain and of course, Napa Valley to sample the very best wines available.
Armed with this extensive background and bountiful experience, Mr. Carmody is ready to work with Lock 50’s Executive Chef Tim Russo to create a wine program that works perfectly with his seasonal menu. “I am ready to pair the nuances of wine with Chef Russo’s menu to create a truly outstanding dining experience for our guests,” said Carmody.