Welcome to The Caterer’s celebration of the 2016 Moët UK Sommelier of the Year competition
The Moët UK Sommelier of the Year competition is the ultimate benchmark of a sommelier’s skills and knowledge. No wonder, then, that its list of past winners reads as a roll-call of the country’s greatest exponents of wine service.
As you’ll see in the articles below, the finalists are put through a gruelling series of tasks designed to test their palate, wine knowledge and appreciation, communication and service skills, and their ability to perform under pressure. It’s this exacting blend of exercises that makes winning the competition such a massive achievement.
I’d like to offer my congratulations to all 12 of our finalists for their success. The final three competitors were particularly sharp, but the eventual winner – 67 Pall Mall head sommelier Terry Kandylis – was the most complete and consistent. Thanks to the generosity of our friends at Moët & Chandon and all our other sponsors, Terry will enjoy a package of mentoring, learning and tools that will stand him in good stead as his career develops. This has already begun in the form of an educational trip to Épernay that he and his fellow finalists enjoyed last month, courtesy of Moët.
Terry now takes his place among the UK’s greatest sommeliers. His success makes him an exemplar, someone whose achievements other sommeliers can aspire to.
I’d like to offer my thanks to the Academy of Food & Wine Service, The Caterer, Moët & Chandon and all our other sponsors for supporting this important competition.
We look forward to receiving your nominations for the 2017 Moët UK Sommelier of the Year competition.
Lead of the technical committee
Academy of Food & Wine Service
The grape escape: the Moët UK Sommelier of the Year 2016 trip to Épernay >>
Video: Watch the highlights of the Moët UK Sommelier of the Year 2016 final