Randy See’s journey in the hospitality industry began about 20 years ago when he studied at Shatec Institutes, then known as the Singapore Hotel & Tourism Educational Center (SHATEC). During his years at Singapore’s foremost hospitality education establishment, he attained a National Trade Certificate 2 in food and beverage (F&B) Service before gaining his Higher Diploma in Hotel Management. This is where he took the first steps of his illustrious journey.
During his studies, See became interested in wines, devoting his time to study the art of oenology and better equip himself with all the essential knowledge and skills. He was ultimately awarded the 1998 Shatec-Austrade Wine Educational Awards (SAWEA) for his unsurpassed efforts and it really did pay off as he was given the opportunity to tour the Southcorp wineries in Australia. This further cemented his interest in wines and it allowed him to experience first-hand the techniques behind viticulture and wine making. Without doubt, this sparked his interest even more.
Just before the turn of the new millennium, See joined Les Amis Group and became one of its many talented management trainees. With his keen interest in all things wine, the group saw potential in him and appointed him as a commis sommelier in Au Jardin the very next year. Not content with the countless amount of wine knowledge he has amassed to date, he is often seen attending a multitude of tasting sessions and courses to polish his skills further. It is true when they say good things come to those who are diligent and determined. In 2001, after years of limitless dedication towards his love affair with wines, he was appointed sommelier.
As sommelier for Les Amis Group, See was instrumental in selecting only the best wines for the restaurants he was responsible for – going through and tasting innumerable array of wines from all over the world. It is no wonder that with him handling all the wine choices, the group gained recognition for its wide range of premium wine selections. In acknowledgment of his contribution, he was awarded Sommelier Of The Year by the World Gourmet Summit Awards Of Excellence for three consecutive years (2004, 2005 and 2006). Moving ahead, he handles operational logistics for Les Amis Group today. As its director of group operations, he is responsible for taking care of the group’s many restaurants in Singapore and Hong Kong.
Once a wine connoisseur, always a wine connoisseur – it is only apt that See is viewed as such because in all honesty, it best describes him. With such dedication for his craft, he only deserves our utmost respect.