Mathieu Gaignon, a head sommelier/restaurant manager based in Macau, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA).

Mathieu Gaignon has over fifteen years of experience as head sommelier / restaurant manager at some of the world’s most famous restaurants, including the 3-Michelin-Star Joël Robuchon au Dôme in Macau and Gordon Ramsay’s 3-Michelin Star restaurant Hospital Road in London. He completed the prestigious Mention Complémentaire de Sommellerie in France in 1999, and was selected as Assistant Head Sommelier for Gordon Ramsay’s Hospital Road, where he was mentored by world-renowned Master Sommelier Ronan Sayburn MS. He has since worked with 2-Michelin star chef Eric Chavot at the Capital Hotel, 2-Michelin star chef Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley, and successfully opened two restaurants for the Connaught Hotel, one for Angela Hartnett and one with Hélène Darroze, helping these chefs create and maintain an extensive wine list also overlooking service standards to bring them both a Michelin Star after opening. Mathieu moved to Macau with Joël Robuchon Restaurant au Dôme at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and then worked with City of Dreams, as f&b manager – director of wines. Mathieu was a Decanter Asia Wine Awards judge in 2013 and will return in 2015.