Bread Street Kitchen’s Head Sommelier, Dmitri, first found his passion for hospitality whilst studying as a Chef at culinary school. Over many years, he worked in many different sections of the kitchen and restaurants, and discovered that the beverage department and front of house was where his skills lay, and where he enjoyed himself most. He loves the hospitality industry because ‘you meet people from all around the world who share lots of experience and knowledge’.
As he grew up Dimitri was surrounded by grape vines, so it was only natural that his talents lay in wine. He describes his job as ‘one of the most interesting and exotic roles in hospitality’ because the wine world is constantly evolving and creating lots of new experiences. Being a wine enthusiast has given Dimitri the opportunity to travel and work in lots of different countries with different cultures – something that he sees as his greatest achievement.
His proudest moment so far in his career was when he worked in At.Mosphere, The world's highest restaurant located on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Dimitri was the only Sommelier working at this height in the world.
Choosing his favourite wine was difficult, because there are so many unique and beautiful wines worldwide, but one of his favourites is Burgundy Pinot Noir. This is because ‘in that small region you can get thousands of different expressions from just a single grape variety and Pinot Noir is the most delicate and sensitive grape’.
In his free time, when he’s not studying as part of a successful Sommelier routine, Dimitri loves to keep active and take part in sports including mountain biking, water sports, and diving.