Nicolas Deneux, sommelier and operation manager at On Dining Kitchen & Lounge in Hong Kong, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA).

Nicolas Deneux is the sommelier and operation manager at On Dining Kitchen & Lounge as well as Upper Modern Bistro (a venture he started with Philippe Orrico, Jeremy Evrard and Giancarlo Mancino). Nicolas was previously the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong’s Hotel sommelier and assistant director of food and beverage, where he was in charge of the wine program for the hotel’s nine outlets, including Grissini, the Grand Hyatt Steakhouse and One Harbour Road.

A graduate of the hospitality schools of Saint-Germain-Laval and Paris-Médéric (2003 and 2005), he has extensive experience in the food and beverage industries, including working as a sommelier at Michelin-starred Paris restaurants La Tour d’Argent, Le Meurice, Goumard and Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée.

Nicolas was appointed as chief sommelier of Spoon by Alain Ducasse at the Intercontinental Hong Kong in January 2009, where he worked for more than three years before joining the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong in July 2012. Nicolas was named Best Sommelier of Hong Kong and Macau 2013. Nicolas Deneux has been a Decanter Asia Wine Awards judge since 2014.