Born in Montréal, Québec, Élyse Lambert graduated with a degree in hotel management from the prestigious Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ) in 1998 and as Sommelier from L’École Hôtelière des Laurentides in 1999.

Throughout her exciting career path, she worked as sommelier in some of the most prestigious tables of Quebec and continued earning credibility for her craft and accolades in Canadian and international competitions.  After winning Best Sommelier of Québec in 2004 and third best in Canada in 2006, she won the title of Best Sommelier of the Americas 2009 in the prestigious competition held in Buenos Aires.  
Representing the Americas at the Best Sommelier of the World competition in 2010 in Chile, she reached the semi-final and was classified amongst the top 12 sommeliers in the world.


In May of 2015 in Aspen Colorado she became Canada’s first Quebecer, fourth Canadian and second Canadian woman to hold the prestigious and globally recognized title of Master Sommelier.  After winning Best Sommelier of Canada in 2015, she again represented Canada in the competition for Best Sommelier of the World  in Argentina. Elyse Lambert is now the 5th Best Sommelier of the World 2016.

Elyse has been in the restaurant industry for more than 25 years. She is currently working as a Sommelier Consultant for the hotel Ritz-Carlton Toronto and, continues sharing her passion at Radio-Canada’s morning show. She also consults for private and corporate clients and is often invited to facilitate wine education seminars and to speak at corporate functions in Canada and around the world.


What is your desert island wine, or what wines/beverages are you currently excited about?

My desert island wine would be a mix case of Burgundy including Anne-Claude Leflaive, Coche-Dury and Leroy.