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Sommelier of the Year 2011 finalists revealed

By Becky Paskin , 14-Apr-2011

Related topics: Events & Awards, Restaurants, Hotels, Pubs & Bars, Alcohol

The Academy of Food and Wine Service (AFWS) has revealed the 16 finalists of this year’s Sommelier of the Year competition.

There are 16 finalists for the AFWS Sommelier of the Year competition this year

There are 16 finalists for the AFWS Sommelier of the Year competition this year

Following four regional heats in London, Tunbridge Wells, Bristol and Manchester, the 16 finalists were chosen to go through to the final at Jumeirah Carlton Tower in London on 1 June.

There they will be required to undertake a blind tasting, a food and wine matching exercise and a detailed questionnaire testing their knowledge.

The top three from that round will then compete in front of a live audience with another blind tasting, wine list correcting exercise, roleplay scenario and Champagne pour.

AFWS chairman Nick Scade said: “This year’s finalists includes some familiar names but we’ve also got some exciting new sommeliers coming to the fore such as Adam Pawlowski from Northcote, Arnaud Bardary from Maze and Loic Avril from The Fat Duck. With such a high calibre of sommeliers getting through to the final, including three from The Fat Duck, we are likely to see one of the most exciting finals in the competition’s 32-year history.”

Last year’s winner was Christopher Delalonde from Sarment Wines.

The finalists for the 2011 Sommelier of the Year Award are:

Wiremu Andrews, Hotel du Vin & Bistro, Cheltenham

Loic Avril, The Fat Duck, Bray

Arnaud Bardary, Maze, London

Tobias Brauweiler, Ellenborough Park, Cheltenham

Remi Cousin, The Fat Duck, Bray

Sergio Dos Santos, Atlantic Hotel, Jersey

Bavand Foroughi, Claridge’s, London

Michael Jenni, L’Autre Pied, London

Johann Jousselin, The Vineyard at Stockcross, Newbury

Lukasz Kolodziejczyk, The Fat Duck, Bray

Kathrine Larsen, Le Pont de la Tour, London

Philippe Moranges, Hakkasan, London

Adam Pawlowski, Northcote, Blackburn

Mark Perlaki, Hotel du Vin & Bistro, Harrogate

Stephen Raducki, Lime Wood, Lyndhurst

Clement Robert, Summer Lodge, Evershot

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