Like many college students, Sean worked as a waiter to supplement his income, but he quickly discovered his love of and talent for wine. Born in Rochester, New York, Sean graduated from the University of Houston’s prestigious Honors College, majoring in English and History. The full breadth of his palate and talent can be seen in the distinct wine and beverage programs he has created and continually refreshes at Backstreet Cafe, Hugo’s and Caracol, which consistently win accolades in national competitions. Sean has been invited to sit on judging panels locally, nationally and internationally, and Charles M. “Bear” Dalton of Spec’s Fine Wines & Spirits has referred to Beck as the “Dean of Houston Sommeliers.” He has been awarded Serviceperson of the Year and Favorite Mixologist and Outstanding Wine Service Award at the Houston Culinary Awards. Nationally, Beck is one of just seven sommeliers picked to represent www.wineanswers.com, an industry-run site dedicated to getting more people into drinking and enjoying wine.