A Harrogate bar manager has become a “Master of Havana Cigars” – just one of six people in the UK to hold the title.
Peter Dobrontei, who works at Hotel du Vin, achieved the honour after passing a rigorous exam developed by Hunters & Frankau, the UK’s exclusive importer of Cuban cigars.
The exam, in both written and practical papers, covers a range of Cuban cigar knowledge, from the agricultural and manufacturing cigar processes through to the cutting, lighting and serving of cigars.
Peter, who earlier this year took third place in the world championships for cigar waiters, said:
“The exam is said to represent the highest achievable status regarding Cuban cigar knowledge in the UK so I’m absolutely delighted to have passed it and joined such an elite group of people – there are only six Masters of Havana Cigars working in the UK.”
Hotel du Vin Harrogate general manager Grant Lowe said:
“This is another fantastic achievement by Peter and the Hotel du Vin team is very proud of him.
“And, of course, our guests can witness Peter’s considerable cigar knowledge for themselves when they visit Hotel du Vin.”