Erik Simonics is a judge at the 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)

Erik Simonics

Erik Simonics was born and raised in Slovakia. He moved to London in 2010 and started his sommelier career at Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s, followed by French fine dining restaurant Orrery. In 2012, he moved to the one of the most iconic hotels in London, The Savoy, where he spent 4 years.

Erik is currently looking after the wine programme at La Dame de Pic, Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square, under the direction of wine director, Jan Konetzki, former Head Sommelier at the 3 Michelin Star Gordon Ramsay restaurant, and also the winner of UK Best Sommelier competition.

He gained a BA (Hons) degree in Hospitality Management in 2015 and successfully passed the WSET Level 3, CSM Certified Sommelier and Sake Sommelier course by SSA.

In 2013, he was Sommelier of the Year in Slovakia. He also won the Wine Bar War of Chile in 2015 and the South Africa Sommelier Cup in 2016.

In 2016, he finished as semi-finalist at the Castle European Young Sommelier Cup.