Stéphane Soret, executive director of beverage at MGM Macau, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA).
Graduating in Nîmes, France, with a sommelier diploma, Stéphane Soret moved to London in 1989 for his first sommelier position at Ma Cuisine before heading to Paris, starting at Ledoyen and working his way upwards in hospitality while obtaining a hotel management degree at CMH-Paris, European Center of International Hotel Management.
In 1994 Stéphane moved to the US, working for hotels and then becoming involved with the launch of Napa Valley’s Wine.com and working at Vigneron Imports. Following this he headed back to Paris for a sommelier role at Michelin-starred Le Cinq (George V) and managed the cellar of the Quai d’Orsay for the French Minister of Foreign Affairs. 2005 saw Stéphane’s return to London as head sommelier for Mosimann’s.
Since then he has been working in the Middle and Far East, where was wine director at Raffles in Singapore before moving to his current role as Beverage Director at MGM Macau. Stéphane Soret has been a Decanter Asia Wine Awards judge since 2013.