Kannappan Jayakumar

About Me

Certified Sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers, USA) with over 14 years of experience in Luxury hotels & Resorts across Middle East, North America, Asia Paific, Caribbean and India with strong operational skills specialized in Food and Beverage operations.

I am known as high energy, great team player and quick problem solver with zeal in creating well considered, efficient operation which makes me excel in my field


• Multiple Pre-Opening experience sets
• Extensive and relevant knowledge of F&B products and processes
• Quality focused and the ability to drive consistent brand standards
• Natural motivator and performance leader
• Experienced in building and maintaining long term client relationships


• Top Five Sommeliers of the Year: Middle East – Caterer Middle East Awards, 2012
• Supervisor of the 3rd Quarter 2016 from Sheraton Abu Dhabi
• Employee Of The Year Nomination: 2013 in Westin Savannah, Georgia, United States


• Food and Beverage leadership team which hosted World leaders in Asia Pacific Economic Conference 2018 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
• Pre opening leadership team of Sheraton Grand Hotel, Dubai
• Lead the wine team at Robert Mondavi Family Estate Wine Dinner (1st Savannah Food and Wine festival, 2013)
• Leading member of Re-concept of Bourbon Lounge, Aqua Star Seafood Kitchen & Champagne bar
• Lead the Food & Beverage team on South East Craft Brew Festival, 2013
• Lead all beach parties and beer fest in Sheraton Abu Dhabi 2015-2016


• Master Beverage Program/ Core Wine List/ Cellar Management
• Bar Arts / StarBev Beverage Program Management
• MS office / Micros/ Hospitality Solutions International/ Open Table


Bachelor of science 2006

PSG College of Arts and science

Certified Sommelier 2013

Court of Master Sommeliers USA

Work & Experience

Restaurant Operations Manager

Sandals Royal Bahamian






Top 5 Sommelier from Caterer Middle East 2012
Employee of the year 2013
The Westin Savannah Golf Resort and Spa

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