Restaurant R’evolution Names Rouet Wine Director

NEW ORLEANS — Restaurant R’evolution, the renowned fine-dining establishment located at 777 Bienville St., inside the newly renovated Royal Sonesta New Orleans hotel, has named Nicolas Rouet as wine director.

         “Nicolas brings more than a decade of diverse wine program and sommelier experience to R’evolution,” Chef John Folse, managing partner and executive chef, said. “We are excited to introduce his fresh ideas and exceptional pairings to our guests.”

         Rouet’s professional background and expertise in the restaurant and hospitality industries includes work in premier venues across the globe, restaurant reps said. Throughout his career, Rouet has successfully led front of house operations, while overseeing teams of more than 25 employees at top-brand hotels and among high-end restaurants and bars.

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         Most recently, Rouet served as head sommelier for L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon at the Four Seasons New York and Picholine Restaurant, rated one and two Michelin stars respectively. Familiar with all aspects of the industry, Rouet helped open Restaurant Le Paradou in Washington, D.C., which earned Esquire Magazine’s Best New Restaurant title in 2006. He then went on to manage Restaurant Ortolan in Los Angeles.

         “I’m thrilled to join the Restaurant R’evolution team,” Rouet said. “The flavors of Cajun and Creole cuisine are an exciting palette to work with, and I can’t wait to share my knowledge and love of wine with our guests.” 

         Rouet studied at the famed Lycée Hôtelier François Rabelais in France, furthering his education through notable work at the Michelin three star-rated Paul Bocuse Restaurant in Lyon and Chef Bernard Loiseau’s restaurant in Burgundy.

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