Jaroslav Sedlacek, Food and Beverage Manager
Born in the Czech Republic, Jaroslav Sedlacek has long had a passion for food and wine. This interest was sparked by a move to Australia at the start of his career in 2009, when he booked a one-way ticket with just $1000 to his name.
He quickly found his feet in the hospitality industry, holding head waiter and assistant manager roles at fine dining restaurants POP and Pure South in Melbourne. Jaroslav is able to pin-point the moment his love of wines developed - a tasting of a 1986 Petaluma Coonawarra.
His desire for exploring new places saw him move on to Toronto, Canada in 2011 where he worked as assistant head sommelier and assistant food and beverage manager at Marlowe Restaurant and Wine Bar. During this time, he studied for his international sommelier qualifications, before moving on to work at Blue Mountain Inn in Ontario as sommelier.
Jaroslav’s next move to London in 2013 led to him undertaking the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 exam and subsequently, the WSET Diploma. This advanced qualification marks him out as one of the country’s leading wines and spirits experts. During this period, Jaroslav held sommelier and head sommelier positions at the Montagu Arms in Hampshire, South Lodge in Sussex and at Great Fosters, Surrey as Head Sommelier and Restaurant Manager in the 3 AA rosette Tudor Room.
In December 2017, Jaroslav joined The Atlantic Hotel as Food and Beverage Manager, ushering in a new era for the dining experience at the hotel. Jaroslav enjoys sharing his expertise and passion with guests and staff alike. Leading a newly expanded food and beverage team alongside Executive Chef Will Holland, his plans include the introduction of wine tastings amongst other offerings. His overall aim he says, is to make people smile.