Giovanni Ferlito


Panel Judge

Giovanni Ferlito is the Head of Wine and Beverage at The Ritz London.

An Italian and French native, Giovanni grew up in Sicily in the wine region of Etna. At an early age he discovered a passion for mixology (from watching the iconic Tom Cruise film, Cocktail) and first began a career in the hospitality industry as a Bartender in 2002.

He went on to become Bar Manager in 2006 for one of the leading Italian group of hotels and resorts and within this role was able to travel throughout the world.

In 2010, Giovanni moved to London and started his career as a professional sommelier. He worked in several of the city’s most prestigious restaurants, such as Locanda Locatelli and Hélène Darroze, before joining The Ritz London in 2014 as the hotel’s Head Sommelier.

In 2017, having relaunched The Ritz London’s wine list (which now includes approximately 1000 references, of which more than 300 new wine listings have been added during Giovanni’s tenure), he was promoted to his current position as Head of Wine and Beverage at the hotel, overseeing the Michelin-starred Ritz Restaurant, Palm Court, Rivoli Bar, Private Dining and Events as well as a team of 7 Sommeliers.

In 2018, Giovanni became also one of the Academicians of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, after being awarded MCA, Master of Culinary Arts, the previous year.
Giovanni Ferlito