Originally from the Midwest, Watson joined the wine team at Eleven Madison Park for its reopening in 2017, following the announcement of World's Best Restaurant. He was soon promoted to Head Sommelier, a role which he held until the restaurant closed its doors in the spring of 2020. Through the early stages of the pandemic, he led a core group of volunteers to repurpose Eleven Madison Park to prepare and deliver boxed meals to first responders and at-risk populations around New York City in collaboration with Rethink Food NYC. He was named Wine Director of Eleven Madison Park in the Spring of 2021. His prior New York experience includes time as a Sommelier at Marseille in the Theater District, Head Sommelier of Cafe d'Alsace on the Upper East Side, and Wine Director for Delicious Hospitality Group, at restaurants such as Charlie Bird and Pasquale Jones. He achieved his Advanced Sommelier certification through the Court of Master Sommeliers in 2018.