Cathy Nguyen began working in the hospitality industry at 17 waiting tables and bartending. She developed her passion for food and wine not much later while working at Perry’s Steakhouse in Sugar Land. There, she trained closely with the sommelier and corporate wine director, Mario Plaza, and mentor, Master Sommelier Guy Stout, to study wines from around the world. With a natural knack and enthusiasm for the wine industry, Cathy was promoted to sommelier and wine buyer for Perry’s Steakhouse in Clear Lake where she began her first wine program at the age of 21. Wanting to finish her degree at the Art Institute of Houston, Cathy left the Perry’s Restaurant Group to work for a smaller independent restaurant. As the wine director of El Meson, Cathy studied fine Spanish wines and worked hand in hand with Chef Pedro Garcia in wine dinners featuring wines, vintners and importers from all over the world. Armed and certified by the Court of Masters, Society of Wine Educators, as a Spanish Wine Educator and as a Specialist in Sherry, Cathy left El Meson after four and a half years and is now at Mark’s American Cuisine.
Cathy is driven by her fascination with good food, fine wines and how the perfect marriage of the two will turn into a special occasion.