Sommelier Bak Min-wook, 33, who ranked first in the 18th Concours National Du Meilleur Sommelier en Vins de France, conducts a wine-tasting at Park Hyatt Busan. [PARK HYATT BUSAN]Sommelier Bak Min-wook of the Park Hyatt Busan ranked first in the 18th Concours National Du Meilleur Sommelier en Vins de France held last week at the Millennium Seoul Hilton, central Seoul.The event, which was organized by the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Sopexa Korea on Oct. 28, is one of the largest sommelier competitions in Korea. Bak has had previous success in the annual competition, ranking third in 2017 and second in 2018. Despite never studying abroad, years of hard work and patience finally led the 33-year-old to success.“I worked [at the hotel] as if it was the actual competition. I tried to serve cocktails and wine on time and, when colleagues and clients asked some questions regarding wine, I tried to answer them as I would answer judges,” Bak said during a recent interview with the JoongAng Ilbo. “And in the actual competition, I tried to act just like I do in my daily life.” Bak said he only slept three hours a day to prepare for the… Read full this story
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