Asia 2019 winners

>> Winner: Japan - Taku Iguro

A sommelier at the French restaurant L'Osier in Tokyo, Taku built his career as a sommelier in several restaurants in Tokyo, two of which have 3 stars in the Michelin Guide. He became the Best Young Sommelier in Japan (2015), followed by placing 2nd in the Best Sommelier of Japan (2017), he proceeded to the A.S.I. Asia & Oceania Sommelier Competition in 2018 where he placed 4th. Now, as an Executive Officer of Japanese Sommelier Association, he contributes to the education of young sommeliers. One of his biggest strengths is his command of the English language and bi-cultural background.


>> Winner: greater china - Derek Li

With over 10 years of hospitality experience, Hong Kong born Derek joined JIA as the Chief Sommelier of the group’s flagship venue Duddell’s, and then promoted to Group Sommelier in 2018. He is an Advanced Sommelier of Court of Master Sommelier (CMS) and holder of WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines & Spirits. Talented, passionate and personable, Derek was recognized as the Best Sommelier in Greater China 2015 by Hong Kong Sommelier Association while he worked for Michelin-starred Italian restaurant L’Altro. Prior to joining Duddell’s he was a sommelier at Mr. & Mrs. Fox for Swire Group.

>> Winner: Singapore - Chek Wong

Embracing the spirit of discovery, Chek has been travelling to wine regions since he first got hooked onto wine in 2005. Along the journey he has expanded his repertoire to include wine writing, education and judging. In 2009 Chek won the Bodegas Torres Wine Scholarship, and three years later was invited as a panel judge at the inaugural Decanter Asia Wine Awards. He is currently an Air Sommelier and WSET educator with Singapore Airlines, which was recently rated as Best Airline in the World by TripAdvisor. He currently holds the WSET Diploma in Wines and Spirits.



asia 2019 entries are closed

Aki Sudo
Andrew Lam
Andrii Stetsuik
Ankit Choudhary
Arneis Wu
Arya Lantara
Ascot Chang
Ashley Gao
Bojan Radulovic
Brian Zhang
Bungo Matsunaga
Calvin Choi
Carson C
Cassie Hu
Chek Wong
Cherish Ho
Ching Dolphin Ip
Cucu Sugianto
Daiki Kakiuchi
Daisuke Okawa
Daisuke Shibuya
Daisuke Kawai
Danning Li
Darren Liu
Derek Li
Dewa Putra
Di Wang
Djessa Rovie Reyes
Dong Lei
Ervin Tang
Eunji Seo
Fei Fei Liu
Fengyuan Wang 
Frances Lam
Frankie Ho
Gary Jin Hui Low
Gaurav Dixit
Guangming Fan
Hang Yang
Hongyi Zhu
Hyisu Han
HyoJung  Yoon
Hyunrae Lim
I Putu Sudiarsa Eka Putra
Ian Mak
Iku Watanabe
Jason Xu
Jian Ru Zhang
Joel Lim
Joshua Kalinan
Kazuhide Ishida 
Kazuki Nakajima
Kazushige Tashima
Keiji Sato
King Mak
Leo Au
Lewin Kong
Li Qin
Maggie Mak
Man Chun Chung
Masamichi Furuuchi
Meng Hu
Michael Tully
Min Jeong Kim
Min Jae Choi
Minjoo Kim
Minghan Yang
Minseok Kyung
Minyoung Ryu
Miyuki Morimoto
Nathan S.K. Kim
Nellie Ming Lee
Ngurah Koriawan
Ni Nyoman Kerta Widyawati
Nyoman Alit Susila Putra
Pakpoom Towatcharakun
Phenol Mak
Pratik Angre
Quan Liu
Rakesh Awaghade Reemil Sarkar
Reuben Tuck
Reeze Choi
Ringo Lam
Risako Matsumoto
Roger Chan
Sachiyo Yoshida
Setsuko Mukai
Sitong Zhang
Stefano Bartolomei
Sung Gil An
Tak Ng
Takehiro Oide
Taku Iguro
Tao Li
Taskamol Rittirak
Terence Wong
Tomoya Ide
Toshiyuki Koizumi
Troy Jiang
Wai Kai
Wei Li
Wicaksono Galih Aditya
Wooktae Han
Woong Hwangbo
XingXing Yan
Yang Sun
Yiu Fung Chan 
Yoon-ju Yang
Yong Kang Zhang
Youk Inyoung
Youngsun Bang
Yu Chen
Yui Shuen Tok
Yuki Ozawa
Yuneng Ren
Yunjie Hao
Yuthapichai Polnakoo
Yusaku Tanikawa
Zachary Tay
Zhicong Yang



Asia first round online examination

Date:
20 February - 19 May 2019
City:
Online
Venue:

An online examination comprised of 25 multiple choice questions and 2 short written questions, to be completed within 35 minutes. The examination must be completed on or before 19th May (Sunday). 
Candidates need to register first. Once registration is confirmed, study materials will be available to help you prepare for the examination.

Only semi-finalists will be notified by email on or before 3rd June 2019. They must be prepared to travel to Hong Kong for the semi-final round on 2nd July

Entries open:
20 February 2019
Entries close:
19 May 2019

Asia Semi - final round

Date:
2nd July 2019
City:
Hong Kong
Venue:
The Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel
Time:
Up to 8 candidates with the highest scores from the online exam will be invited to attend the semi-finals
Entries open:
Early March for online examination
Entries close:
19 May 2019