JAN KONETZKI DIRECTOR OF WINE SOMMELIER AMBASSADOR

JAN KONETZKI SOMMELIER AMBASSADOR

JAN KONETZKI SOMMELIER

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JAN

Jan Konetzki was born in 1980 in Lueneburg, Northern Germany. In the course of training as a baker, bartender and waiter Jan hit upon his great and enduring passion for wine and fine cuisine. He also discovered the rare talent for the art of the sommelier, a talent soon to be spotted by some of the greatest restaurateurs of our time. In his mid twenties then, Jan started a stunning career in several Michelin star restaurants, quickly culminating in the position as head sommelier at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay (Royal Hospital Road, London). Today he is celebrated as one of the world's most inspiring and exceptional sommeliers.

During his restaurant career, Jan's focus has always been on both, excellency in service and expertise on wine. Balancing zeitgeist with tradition he enhanced the guest experience beyond the limits of conventional service and his distinguished selection of wines for Gordon Ramsay was recognized frequently as one of London's finest by the critics. He also initiated a radical redesign of the wine list by the renowned ballmannweber agency, leading to an unprecedented quality in layout and practical use.

In 2016 Jan embarked upon a new chapter of his career. Appointed to the position of Château Latour and Artemis Domains Ambassador and Director of Wine at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square and the Ten Trinity Square Private Club, he now manages all wine affairs of this extraordinary new venue. It lies within his duties to supervise the work of several highly skilled sommelier teams, including the provision of all wine services at Anne Sophie Pic's first UK restaurant La Dame de Pic London. At Ten Trinity Square Jan is currently building some of the most exquisite wine collections in the country. Due to his expertise and esprit, it has already been heralded as one of the most exciting wine spots in the UK.

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AWARDS

2016 Short-listed 'Best Sommelier of the year' by British GQ magazine
2015 Short-listed 'Restaurant Personality of The Year' by Imbibe magazine
2013 'Harpers Best Sommelier / front of house award'
2012 Winner 'Moet UK Sommelier of the year'
2009 'Riedel trophy' for best result in Europe of 'Court of Master Sommeliers Advanced Certificate'

2015 'Best wine list of the year Sommelier award' by Imbibe magazine
2015 'Three stars' by The World of Fine Wines magazine
2014 'Three stars' by The World of Fine Wines magazine
2012 'Le Prix de Montrachet' for best Burgundy wine list in London

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FEATURES

Jan has been featured in:   Evening Standard, UK • FT, UK • HotDinners.com, UK • How to Spend It, UK • Decanter, UK • GQ, UK • The Caterer, UK • Restaurant Magazine, UK • Telegraph, UK • Imbibe magazine, UK • The drinks business, UK • BBC 4, UK • Feinschmecker, Germany • Manager Magazine, Germany • Tweed, Germany • Falstaff, Austria • 100points magazine by Robert Parker, USA and Asia • Pinor Sommelier Magazine, Asia • Sommeliers international, France

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"Sometimes I think sommeliers are like the hairdressers of hospitality. You have to get it right for each individual. You have to read between the lines and if you're lucky you win a guest for life."

Jan about being a sommelier, 2015

"Ein wirklich guter Wein zerreißt mich emotional. Das kommt nur selten vor, aber wenn es passiert, ist es fast unheimlich."

Jan about Jan, 2016

"Ein guter Sommelier verfügt über Weinwissen, Menschenkenntnis und Auffassungsgabe. Er ist außerdem ein bisschen Rampensau, merkt aber auch, wann es besser ist, einfach mal die Schnauze zu halten."

Jan about being a sommelier, 2016

"My most embarrassing front of house moment? No such thing! I have literally no shame."

Jan about Jan, 2017

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Photography by   FRANK BURKHARD FOTOGRAFIE