Ivan entered Ukrainian Association of Sommeliers in 2008.
He is in hospitality business since 2001 and was working on different positions since than.
He started sommelier and wine competing since 2008 and won several prizes.
- 1st place “W-Trophy Ukraine” competition in 2014
- 1st place National sommelier competition 2009
- 1st place Blind tasting in the Ukrainian Sommeliers and Wine-makers Competition 2009
- 2nd place National sommelier competition 2008
He is cofounder of Spirit Club – strong spirits connoisseurs community in 2010 and Co-founder of Ukrainian Spirits Course in 2017.
Nowadays teaching in several schools for wine and spirits (Vitaliy Kovach Sommelier School, WSET and “Planet-Z” Bartenders School). Also works as a brand-ambassador Moet Hennessy in CIS markets since 2017.
In January 2018 he was elected President of the Ukrainian Sommelier Association. for a mandate of three years.
Here is what he told us:
Q1: What is your vision/plans in the future for Ukrainian Sommelier Association?
First of all I am planning to solve all the financial problems of ASU (Ukrainian Association of Sommeliers). I also plan to develop local brands, both wine and strong alcohol.
As I was elected the ASU included 35 members, now we have 55 members already, and I plan to attract 30-50 members more.
To make ASU more effective and to spread the culture of alcohol consumption I plan to open ASU branches in Odessa, Dnepr, Kharkiv, Lviv.
I consider it is highly important to estimate the level of knowledge of our current and new members, to work out and implement the education program.
These will be my first steps on the position.
Q2: How do you see development/promotion of the sommelier profession in Ukraine and world?
As our market is relatively young and sommelier here is a person who teach consumers the culture of right alcohol and food consumption via tastings, consulting, educating trips.