I recently passed my certified exam and I am already studying and preparing for taking the advanced exam but I am wondering what the best place to work for me to prepare me for the exam. I am currently the Bar Manager and Bartender at a higher end casual restaurant that has a large BTG list but doesn't seem to have the guests that want to explore and play around too much with what they drink. I am not sure if it would be worth it for me to take a pay cut and work at a higher end place with a stronger and more classic wine program or to try to pivot my list??? Thoughts???
Maybe this sounds too obvious, but I'd say it is important to work somewhere that actually has a sommelier position. You can pass this test while doing any job (or even "between positions..."), but it's a lot easier if you're practicing the craft everyday. If you're running a beverage program at a fine dining restaurant, service and business of the sommelier will just be like a really weird day at work!