Koen Kersemans hails from Belgium, where he received a degree in culinary arts from Hotelschool Ter Duinen. Several stints in the early 80’s in Southern France and London under renowned sommeliers sparked his passion for wines and led him to immerse himself in various programs, soaking up knowledge of regions, styles and vintages. A management position at the St. George’s Club well-reputed restaurant, The Margaret Rose, lured Kersemans to Bermuda, where he honed his wine skills for nearly a decade until moving to the United States.
In 2001, Kersemans joined Casa D’Angelo in Fort Lauderdale, where he has been head sommelier for almost 20 years. In addition to Casa D’Angelo, Kersemans is also responsible for developing the wine programs at Elia’s other culinary outposts including Casa D’Angelo in Boca Raton and Paradise Island, Bahamas; and Angelo Elia Pizza, Bar & Tapas.