Prior to entering the food service industry, Ontario native Darin Newton earned his degree in psychology and human resources at Bishops University. More recently he has completed the International Sommelier Guild Diploma (top of class in service), Certified Sommelier level through Guild of Masters and the advanced Wine and Spirit Education Trust (London, UK) diploma with Distinction.
Having cut his teeth at preeminent restaurants like Il Caminetto Di Umberto and The Rimrock Cafe, Darin’s Whistler-focused training has molded his experience and expertise in resort dining. Darin has served as Restaurant Manager and Sommelier at Araxi Restaurant + Oyster Bar since 2015, where he has developed a loyal following, and in November 2016, was promoted to the role of Senior Restaurant Manager.
Darin’s education and personable manner have served him well. “My passion comes from the dynamic nature of the industry – it is ever-changing, and I always look forward to finding innovative wine pairings and to interacting with our diverse clientele. I want our guests—both local and international—to take away a personal connection,” says Darin of his dedicated attention to detail in service.
Skiing and snowboarding by winter and mountain biking by summer, Darin is also an experienced rock climbing guide, having scaled peaks in the Whistler area, as well as many others across the world.