Thomas Rooch, judge on the DWWA Italy panel in 2010
Thomas Rooch speaks and writes fluent Chinese, German, English and some Japanese. He has previously worked at the Grand Hyatt Taipei, Taiwan, and the Hyatt Regency Tianjin, China, before returning to his home country of Germany, where he was restaurant manager at the Hyatt Regency Cologne, and the Hilton Frankfurt, where he was responsible for the opening of The Buddha Bar. In 1999 he joined The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Kapalua, Maui, before being promoted to a post at the Portman Ritz-Carlton in Shanghai. Moving on to The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai as director of food and beverages in late 2004, Thomas joined The Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong in early 2007. He is currently hotel manager of One&Only Royal Mirage in Dubai. Thomas is a distinguished member of ‘The Sommeliers of Asia’, official ‘Ambassador of German Wine’ by the VDP, German Wine Institute, and has been a member of various international wine judging panels.