Arnaud Devulder, sommelier of db Bistro Moderne, was born in Lille in the north of France. He dreamed of becoming a pastry cook, and in high school he studied culinary arts. But Devulder never intended to become a sommelier. At 18, he graduated and moved to Lyon, where he began working as a waiter. There he met world-renowned chef Paul Bocuse, who referred him to a French restaurant within Epcot Center in the US. It was there that he tasted his first Puligny Montrache, Premier Cru, Les Combettes from Jean-Marc Boillot and decided to learn more about wine.
Devulder was offered the position as sommelier and wine buyer of Stage House in Scotch Plains, NJ, where he trained for two years before moving on to Restaurant Daniel. Under the wings of Jean Luc Le Du and Phillipe Marchal, Devulder fine tuned his wine service skills while taking care of inventory. All the while, he took wine tasting courses with the American Sommelier Association.