Cover Letter – Restaurant Manager Transitioning to Sommelier

Mr. John Smith
Department Manager
ABC Company
1234 E. Main Street
Any Town, US 55555

Dear Mr. Smith:

As a restaurant manager with more than ten years of well-rounded experience managing restaurant operations, I am seeking to transition my career to a position as a Sommelier. For your review, I have attached my resume as the first step in the application process.

In my current position as restaurant manager / catering manager with Shae Restaurant, I manage all aspects of this busy restaurant’s operations. Through leadership of a large full-service staff, I am able to run a tight ship, build customer relationships, and coordinate FOH and BOH responsibilities with a high degree of efficiency.

What I enjoy most is managing the restaurant’s wine program. Although Shea’s does not officially have a sommelier, I have used my knowledge of wines to build a diverse inventory of domestic and international wines. My passion for wines and ability to educate customers about wine selections have resulted in enhanced business image and increased sales revenues.

As a recently licensed sommelier, my experience as wine consultant and beverage director for the newly opened Bella Lounge at Bravo Nightclub was a huge success. This was an exciting opportunity for me to use my creative talents to develop the club’s wine and wine-martini menu.

It is this experience and enthusiasm that I would like to bring to your restaurant as a restaurant manager with the opportunity to work under your Master Sommelier to strengthen your restaurant’s business operations and wine program.
If you feel there is a mutual interest, I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you to learn more about your company, the requirements of the position, and how my qualifications would be a good fit.

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration of my candidacy. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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