International wine &
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Serdar Balkaya

Serdar Balkaya



Panel Judge

Serdar Balkaya is the former head sommelier of Royal Automobile Club and Heston Blumenthal’s London restaurant Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental.

He had previously been head sommelier for Hakkasan Group’s HKK, which he joined in 2004, and was also part of opening teams for the group’s restaurants both abroad and in the UK.

Balkaya studied tourism and hotel management in London, went on to pass the WSET exams and the Court of Master Sommeliers’ advanced course, and is currently studying for the Master Sommelier qualification.