Hailing from Edinburgh, Scotland, Jamie read Cultural Studies (B.A. Hons) at the University of East London where he developed a keen interest in music journalism. After writing for a number of UK music magazines, Jamie returned to his hometown, and began working as Sommelier at the Michelin-acclaimed Atrium restaurant for four years, while studying up to Diploma level with the Wine and Spirits Education Trust.
Moving to Canada in 1997, Jamie has worked as the Sommelier for both Toronto’s prestigious Granite Club (five years) and Chef Jamie Kennedy’s numerous restaurants, notably the Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar (five years).
Jamie now acts as Director of Operations/Senior Editor of Good Food Media, an online publication dedicated to educating people about good food (and wine!) through the website Good Food Revolution, www.goodfoodrevolution.com
As well as writing for a number of publications (City Bites, Ricardo Cuisine, Wine Access), wine judging (Biovino, Intervin, Ontario Wine Awards, Royal Agricultural Winter Fair), Jamie also serves on Ocean Wise’s Ontario Advisory Board, and the organisational board of Toronto’s annual Terroir symposium, which is now entering its ninth year.
Over the years Jamie has published hundreds of audio, video, and text interviews with wine, food, and music personalities including Jancis Robinson MW, Hugh Johnson, Peter Gago (Penfolds), Chef Fergus Henderson (St. John), Chef Magnus Neillson (Faviken), Chef Massimo Bottura (Osteria Francescana), James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem), Sam Neill (Two Paddocks), Randall Grahm (Bonny Doon), David Shrigley, Alberto Antonini, and Jamie Goode (Wine Anorak).
In March of 2012 Jamie was awarded a Fellowship of the Ontario Hostelry Institute for his contributions to the culinary, hospitality, and tourism industry, along with his personal and professional industry achievements.
From 2012 until 2014 Jamie Drummond took on the role of Wine and Beverage Columnist for Chatelaine magazine, one of Canada’s highest distribution print magazines.
Cultural Studies BA (3 Years), University of East London
Diploma from Wine and Spirits Education Trust
Relevant Work History and Experience
1993 -1997: Sommelier, Atrium Restaurant, Edinburgh, Scotland
1998 – 2003: Sommelier, Granite Club, Toronto
2004 – 2009: Wine Director, Jamie Kennedy Restaurants, Toronto
2012 – 2014: Wine Columnist, Chatelaine Magazine
2004 – 2016: Wine Director, Executive Committee, Terroir Symposium, Toronto
2012 – 2016: Member of Advisory Board, Ocean Wise
2009 – 2016: Freelance Writer (Wine Access, City Bites, Ricardo Cuisine, amongst others)
2009 – Present: Director of Programs/Senior Editor of online publication Good Food Revolution