Luca Gagliardi, the 10-year veteran of Dubai’s wine scene, picked up the Sommelier of the Year award at the Caterer Middle East Awards 2019.
Having started his career as a sommelier back in 1993, few in the Middle East are as well versed on the topic as Gagliardi. He has worked across a range of different concepts in his years, including many Michelin-starred venues, and has become not only a top sommelier but also an accomplished cheese master.
Since joining the Pierchic team in 2017 Gagliardi made it his priority to build relationships with the entire front-of-house and back-of-house teams in order to bring into line his mission to transform Pierchic into an exceptional, sustainable restaurant.
His passion for sustainability is not just because it is fashionable, but because it is truly important to him.
The Caterer Middle East Awards judges spoke of his true passion and expertise for the trade and praised his philosophy on organic and sustainable wines which was well ahead of the curve when it comes to the current green movement.
His personality and charm have made him a firm favourite with customers and colleagues alike, and he even shares his wisdom with competing sommeliers throughout Dubai through a WhatsApp group he created.
JRG Dubai operations director Dean Murphy received the award on behalf of Gagliardi from Michael Booth (MMI Key Account Manager).
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