Top 10 sommeliers in Hong Kong

1: Yvonne Cheung (31) — Upper House

Yvonne Cheung, Director of Wine 1The Upper House’s Yvonne Cheung has made a name for herself around Hong Kong as one of the city’s most competent sommeliers – regardless of her age. Now a “whopping” 31, she has taken this relatively new hotel and its bar, Café Grey, and put it on Hong Kong’s notoriously fickle dining and drinking scene.

She says she fell onto the sommelier path after working for several years in various positions in restaurants and hotels. She says she is “a curious person; I relish in learning new things, and broadening my understanding of pretty much anything.

“That being said, motivation comes from within, and the world of wine presents treasure troves of knowledge in nearly every facet of intellect, art, science, history and rhythm. There is always more to learn, and for someone who has a desperate disdain for boredom, this was the right career choice!”

She was introduced to the newly opened Upper House by a customer at her previous position at a resort in California, and relishing the chance to come to work in Asia, made the move. She is, she says, driven by challenges and as the wine scene became more interesting in this part of the world, she knew she didn’t want to miss out.

“I’m proud of the fact that my team and I do not compromise on quality,” she says. “Our reputation as a hotel and restaurant has always been about aspiring to improve, to be open-minded, creative, and to always try to go above and beyond… The wine selection is very close to my heart, and while I am at times criticized for being overprotective, I am happy to stand by every selection.

“I continue to gather experience and information and invest those further into what I’d like to do in the future. I believe in building foundations and growing, and I think I’m at a good age for that.”

6 Responses to “Top 10 sommeliers in Hong Kong”

  1. stefano says:

    The all management team of Domani Restaurant is proud of you John!
    Congratulation, VERY WELL DONE!

  2. Josh Rubenstein says:

    A great selection, all deserving of this recognition. Congratulations!

  3. Joey Yue says:

    One of my favorite wine sommelier and restaurant in town, congratulation John!

  4. Congratulation Dheeraj Bhatia! Hard work always pays off!

  5. David says:

    Don’t forget about Jason Patty and Paul- three Certified Sommeliers working under Nicolas Deneux at the Grand Hyatt Steakhouse! All three of them are years younger than Nicolas!

  6. Derek says:

    The perfect pair: Yvonne and Elliot!

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