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It was remarkable traveling experiences and studying abroad while earning degrees in Art and English from the University of Dallas, which first inspired Hunter Hammett's passion for fine food and eclectic beverages. Hammett took every opportunity to savor local flavors from stone oven pizza margarita with Marino Bianco in Italy to rohwurst with Hefe-Weisse Dunkel in Munich. Other palatable experiences such as Mezcal with a lick of sea-salt and chili flakes in Oaxaca sparked his desire to discover diverse cultures and their hidden delicacies, which he continues to do today.
Having developed sales and service skills in several high-profile Dallas hospitality and retail establishments, Hammett was perfectly poised to achieve his Certified Sommelier, Certified Specialist of Wine, WSET Advanced Certificate with Distinction in Wine & Spirits and Wine Century Club Doppler credentials.
Blending his knowledge of wine with fine dining service Hammett has served as sommelier at The Mansion on Turtle Creek and Fearing's at the Ritz-Carlton Dallas. Currently, he directs the wine program for Pyramid Restaurant & Bar at The Fairmont Dallas. There he researches and selects unique varietals, orchestrates menu pairings and familiarizes the staff with the extensive wine cellar that he oversees. His educational role also extends to guests as he offers an engaging and informative program entitled Grape Expressions which explores underrated varietals and growing regions from around the world. In 2010 Wine Spectator recognized Hammett’s wine program with an Award of Excellence.
In addition to his specialized wine training, Hammett completed the Certified Specialist of Spirits inaugural examination in 2008 and completed his BarSmarts Advanced Certificate in 2010. Enlightened by the art of the cocktail and its applications, he began creating his own liqueurs which are now prominently featured on menus throughout The Fairmont Dallas. Hammett was recognized by D Magazine editors, in the Best of Big D August 2010 issue, as a finalist for the Best Mixologist in Dallas.
Hammett serves as a judge for the Dallas Morning News and Grapevine International Wine Competitions. He is a speaker for industry panels and charity functions, contributes to local newspaper articles and wine blogs and has been featured in GQ, Esquire and several other national publications for his outstanding dedication to wine and spirits.