The SPC Group (Chairman Hur Young-in) announced on Dec. 14 that its sommelier, Ahn Jung-min, has won the 1st Asia Best Sommelier Competition in French Wines 2015 held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Dec. 10.
Hosted by the French Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries (MAAF) and organized by Sopexa South East Asia, the Asia Best Sommelier Competition took place this year for the first time. The competition was participated in by sommeliers who were winners and runner-ups in competitions held in a total of eight countries – Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Macao and Korea.
The winner, Ahn, serves as the head sommelier in the food service division of the SPC Group. He beat 1 in 200 odds and won the 14th Korea Best Sommelier Competition 2015 in July. He also became the first Asian to take second place in the sommelier competition held in Jura, France, in 2013.
The SPC Group operates numerous restaurant brands, including British-style dining restaurant Queen's Park and Italian grill bistro Lagrillia.