Wine Director Jared Hooper found his way into wines by a happy accident. While working as assistant to sculptor Walter Channing in his Bridgehampton NY studio, Jared became introduced to the Channing Daughters Winery crew. He borrowed the winery pick-up truck for endless lumber runs. This interest quickly became a passion. Before he was even allowed to touch a corkscrew, he was given a pair of boots to learn the about the wines from the ground up.
After years of vineyard and tasting room work, he became the Lead Sommelier at The Laundry Restaurant in East Hampton and a Senior Broker at Sokolin Wines. Jared left for California to become Wine Director for Noir Food and Wine. In 2010, he was awarded Sommelier of the Year by the Southern California Restaurant Writers Association. He then opened both the award winning Royce at The Langham Huntington and Hakkasan Beverly Hills as Lead Sommelier.