The full list of judges


Name: Alina Beata Zbierajewska
Title: Wine sommelier
Restaurant/Hotel: Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld
Bio:
My journey with wines started in Italy where I completed Sommelier courses with FISAR /Italian

Association of Hoteliers and Sommeliers and worked for 7 years before moving to Asia 5 years ago and working in Indonesia, India and now Thailand.

Name: Aekapong Anthony Pansuwannakee
Title: Wine Critic
Restaurant/Hotel: Robb Report Thailand
Bio:
Born in Bangkok on 11 November 1976. After graduating from Assumption University (ABAC), I decided to join Thai Airways as a flight attendant in 2003. After a few years, I developed high interest in wine and began studying on my own. Realizing my passion, in 2017 I decided to leave Thai Airways and continue my wine studies in New York, USA at The International Culinary Center (ICC), where I had 8 Master Sommeliers as my instructors. I graduated with the Dean’s List Honor and Top of Class Award. I passed my Certified Sommelier Examination held by The Court of Master Sommeliers in New York on 22 September 2017.

I am currently a Wine Critic & Contributor for Robb Report Magazine (Thailand), and also working as the Wine Director, selecting wines for VIP events and teaching at Robb Report Wine Academy.

Name: Andreas Pergher
Title: Beverage Director
Restaurant/Hotel: Bunker

Name: Banyat Chinpinyokul
Title: Sommelier
Restaurant/Hotel: Le Normandie
Bio:
Sommelier in Le Normandie restaurant at Mandarin Oriental Bangkok with 9 years in wines & restaurant hospitality. In 2013 Award 1st runner up in professional sommelier in Thailand called Prosomm, 2014 Best Sommelier of Thailand, and 2015 finalist of Best Sommelier in Asia & Oceania in Hong Kong as well as finalist of Best Sommelier in Southeast Asia at Bangkok.

Name: Chaiyaporn Phantuvadeethon
Title: Chief Sommelier
Restaurant/Hotel: Landmark Bangkok
Bio:
The 22 years of experience in hotel hospitality from Marriott, Plaza Athenee, Amari, D'Sens French Restaurant by J&L Pourcel for totally 6 years in Dusit Thani Bangkok, 3 years for Beverage Manager & Sommelier cover all restaurant in Centara Grand CentralWorld  became Wine Consultant combines reference Sommelier title by Certified Sommelier from Court of Master Sommelier including awards from Wine Professional Challenge, Thailand Wine Butler, France Wine Trophy and Best Thailand Sommelier until now hold on Chief Sommelier at RR&B - Rib Room & Bar from Landmark Hotel Bangkok.

Name: Dirakerit Kotchawong
Title: Assistant Riedel Manager & Sommelier Riedel Wine Bar
Restaurant/Hotel: Riedel Wine Bar
Bio:
Started working in Food and Beverage at eighteen years old in the USA, in Orlando Florida and New York before studying a Sommelier Diploma at the International Culinary Center. In 2013 became a Certified Sommelier from the Court Master Sommelier of America. In 2015 graduated with a Diploma in restaurant management from New York University. Then worked as Restaurant Manager & Sommelier at Le Colonial New York. In 2016 worked with Chef David Thompson to open his first Thai restaurant in Australia, Long Chim Perth, which was awarded one of the best 50 restaurant in Australia. In 2017 officially acknowledged to be Riedel Brand Ambassador from Riedel Headquarter Austria.

Name: Giulio Saverino
Title: Founder
Restaurant/Hotel: About Eatery/ Wine & About
Bio:
Managing Director of About Eatery. Certified Sommelier from A.I.S. (Italian Association of Sommelier), part of W.S.A. (World Sommelier Association). Graduated from Hotel Management School of Pinerolo, Italy and worked in some of the most prestigious Hotels and Restaurants in Europe, Russia and Asia. Wine for me had always been something very important for my profession and career and still is.

Name: Kiki Sontiyart
Title: Restaurant General Manager
Restaurant/Hotel:
The Edition
Bio:
Started working in hospitality since age of sixteen in Canada working across all facets of the restaurant business before studying to become a chef and receiving a Culinary Diploma from Stratford Chefs School in Ontario, Canada.

She has then earned her experience in top kitchens all over the world including Canada, Copenhagen and Portugal before returning to her beloved Thailand to take the restaurant manager position at Bo.Lan and Err to explore her love for service and wine. Since April 2017, she joined Gaa of Gaggan group as restaurant manager and is currently studying for Diploma level of WSET.

Name: Pairach Intaput
Title: President
Restaurant/Hotel: Thai Sommelier & Gastronomy Association
Bio:
President, Association of Thai Sommelier.

Well known in the food and beverage business for more than 20 years. The Best Sommelier of Thailand 1996 and the first and only person in Thailand to receive an Official Burgundy Wine Instructor Certified by Bureau interprofessionnel des vins de Bourgogne-BIVB and an Accredited Bordeaux Wine Educator Certified by Conseil Interprofessionel des vins de Bordeaux- CIVB., John Robert Powers (Thailand) Instructor, Wine Judge at IWSCHK, Veronafier, Wine Columnist (Thailand Restaurant News) and taster panel for Thai Airways (1996-present).

Name: Pattarapol Ponraritt
Title: Head Wine Sommelier
Restaurant/Hotel:
BANGKOK MARRIOTT, MARQUIS QUEEN’S PARK
Bio:
Mr. Pattarapol Ponraritt is a head wine sommelier for Bangkok Marriott Marquis queen’s park. He has over 8 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, beginning with a part of beverage team as a bartender with Marriott Courtyard Phuket. He learns all about beverage and fall in love with wine. He learn more about gastronomy experience with Renaissance, Pullman G (Scarlett wine bar) and L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Bangkok.

Name: Pakpoom Towatcharakun
Title: Sommelier
Restaurant/Hotel: Shangri - La Hotel, Chiang Mai
Bio:
First started in wine service 5 years ago as a wine waiter at Soneva Kiri 6 Star Resort and then discovered my love and passion for wine. Previously worked as Junior sommelier at Okura Hotel and at first attempt in Italian wine competition in 2014 at the W Hotel won 1st Place, which motivated me to learn as much as I can about wine. Over the past two years has attended Course of Master Sommelier Certified, Hong Kong. Completed WSET LV3 with BB&B, 2nd Runner up in South East Asian Sommelier Competition in Indonesia, Winner of 3 Sommelier competitions 2017 in Thailand and my passion for wine is growing every year.

Name: Rasmus Poll
Title: Sommelier
Restaurant/Hotel: Central Group
Bio:
Originally from Copenhagen, Denmark, Rasmus Poll entered the hospitality industry as a dishwasher at the age of 13, and has been trapped in it ever since. During his career, he has been fortunate enough to work, train and learn from esteemed sommeliers such as Arvid Rosengren, the current ASI World Champion and Christian Jacobsen, ASI World Championship semi-finalist. He is a Senior Member of the Danish Sommelier Union and has held sommelier positions in a wide range of establishments, slinging bottles in everything from wine bars, high volume restaurants and Michelin-starred restaurants.

Name: Sanjog Modgil
Title: President
Restaurant/Hotel: President of FBAT
Bio:
FBAT is the premier networking organization for Hospitality professionals in Bangkok (Thailand)

Name: Sunthorn Lapmul
Title: Sales Manager
Restaurant/Hotel: Wine Dee Dee
Bio:
WSET level 3 Advance (Wine ad Spirit Education Trust) Theory part
WSET Level 2 Certified (Wine and Spirit Education Trust)
20 finals of Thailand Best Sommelier of 2008-2009
Italian Sommelier Association Training 2007-2008
Thailand Sommelier and Gastronomy
Master of Art in Business Administration. Major General Management (Hotel)
Kasearnbundit University, Bangkok
Bachelor's degree Business Administration. Major Advertising
Ramkhamheang University, Bangkok

Marketing Director-Wine Dee Dee Group
Hotel Sommelier-Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
Sommelier-International Cruises Service, Apollo Ship USA.

Before starting with Wine Dee Dee Group in late 2017, I was worked for 5 years as a Hotel Sommelier of Mandarin Oriental Bangkok and many years as a Sommelier of Oceania Cruises Line. After some long experiences in career of Sommelier. I start a new chapter of life in a Wine Distributors.

Name: Supapong Mekprasart
Title: Beverage Manager / Head Sommelier
Restaurant/Hotel: Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok
Bio:
In charge of all beverage-related matters at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok including 8 restaurants and bars, events and outside catering. Selected Wine Committee for Thai Airways First, Business and Economy Class Wine Selections in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Key member of organising team for James Suckling’s Great Wines Of Italy in Bangkok, Thailand’s biggest premium Italian wine tasting 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Name: Thanakorn Mankit
Title: Asistant Restaurant Manager & Sommelier
Restaurant/Hotel: il Fumo Charcoal & Cocktail
Bio:
Group Sommelier for Il Fumo restaurant and bar group including Vesper restaurant and bar, and La dotta restaurant. Assistant Manager and Sommelier at Il Fumo. Started his love for wine over 10 years ago and has a passion for creating wine lists, cost control, finding new wines and educating staff.

Name: Walter Giomi
Title: Riedel Brand Manager
Restaurant/Hotel:
Bangkok Beer & Beverages
Bio:
Grew up in the family Restaurant business in Rome, Italy. I started to serve the first tables when I was 13 years old, learning a lot about the F&B World from customer as well as older colleagues. While I was finishing high-school and University I kept  working in many other Restaurants-Bar in town also having the chance to attend the First Wine Certification when I was 19.

Currently working at Bangkok Beer & beverages (started in 2013) managing Italian Wines, Riedel Glassware an Coravin brands. I'm also a Certified WSET Educator for Level 1 and Level 2 and I'm currently studying to get WSET Diploma (Level 4). I define myself as a Lifelong Learning person.