Israel Pérez commands the elegant dining room and strives daily to offer a magical dining experience that makes every Guest feel special, catering to the needs of loyal diners and making newcomers feel like old friends. A consummate professional, Pérez has been with Victoria & Albert’s since 2004 and has an innate understanding of the restaurant’s innovative cuisine. His attention to detail creates a flawless evening, right down to coaching his staff to offer Guests the perfect wine to pair with their meals or an exquisite one they may never have tasted before. A significant part of Pérez’s job is heading up daily discussions of wines and assessing his staff’s knowledge of the grape. A native of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, he attended the University of Puerto Rico and travels the world seeking food and wine knowledge to share with his staff. For 20 years, Pérez has honed his skills at Walt Disney World Resort restaurants, overseeing the dining rooms at the California Grill, Narcoossee’s, Cítricos and Artist Point. He holds a first-level certificate with the Master Court of Sommeliers.