Hristo Zisovski is an Advanced Sommelier based in New York City. Hristo was raised in his father’s Greek diners where he worked the grill throughout his childhood. After high school, Hristo earned a degree from the Culinary Institute of America but increasingly realized his interest was in the “front of the house.”
In 2001, Hristo became the Assistant Beverage Director at the three-star restaurant March, and began his educational journey to becoming a Master Sommelier. From March, Hristo moved to the three Michelin-starred Jean Georges, where he spent seven years as Chef Sommelier. Under his tenure, the restaurant received the 2010 James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Wine Service. Hristo was also awarded Wine & Spirits Best New Sommelier in 2007.
In November 2010, Hristo joined the Altamarea Group at Ai Fiori. His role expanded to becoming Beverage Director for the Altamarea Group. Hristo has also been featured in numerous wine publications including Wine & Sprits, Beverage Media, Wine Spectator, Allure Magazine and The New York Times. In 2014, Hristo was awarded one of Food & Wine’s Sommeliers of the Year award.