After eight years of working in various hospitality roles in Melbourne, Liinaa Jaumdally went back to her home country Mauritius in 2013. There she started working first as a commis sommelier in five-star resorts Constance Lemuria in Seychelles and Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius.
For two years during this period she was also trained by her mentor Jerome Faure of the Union de la Sommellerie Française (UDSF), and she also attended classes held by international top sommeliers, such as World’s Best Sommelier 2007, Andreas Larsson, and World’s Best 1989, Serge Dubs.
In 2015 she flew to Adelaide to start a new adventure. There she curated the wine list for The Crafers Hotel, which won Best Hotel List in the country and third best in Australia in 2018 by Gourmet Traveller Winelist of the Year. In 2017 Liinaa moved on to 2KW Bar & Restaurant to consult and revamp the wine program with events, and to insert natural wines in this otherwise conventional venue.
Today, Liinaa Jaumdally runs the wine program at Leigh Street Wine Room, a small wine bar focusing on organically farmed wines, with around 400 wines from around the world on the list. ”It is an honour to work with Nathan Sasi, co-owner and thoughtful chef,” she says.