Christopher Delalonde MS, sommelier with Sarment Wines, London, has been crowned Champagne Piper-Heidsieck UK Sommelier of the Year 2010 following a final held at the new Westbury Gallery at the Westbury Mayfair hotel, London, yesterday.
Delalonde, 36, who works with the personal sommelier service Sarment Wines and was a runner-up last year, said he was "extremely happy to have won".
"Last year I came as a newcomer and finished second, this year I came here to win," he said following the announcement. "Because of that I put myself under more pressure. It has been six months of hard work but I'm delighted to have won, particularly given the high standard of this year's competition."Runner-up in the competition, organised by the Academy of Food & Wine](http://www.afws.co.uk/), was Yohann Jousselin, head sommelier at the [Vineyard at Stockcross](http://www.the-vineyard.co.uk/), Newbury, with Clement Robert, head sommelier at [Summer Lodge Country House Hotel](http://www.summerlodgehotel.co.uk/), Evershot, taking third place. Christopher Delalonde was presented with the winner's trophy at the Sommeliers' Dinner at the Westbury Mayfair hotel by Victor Lanson, marketing controller, [First Drinks](http://www.firstdrinks.co.uk/), the UK agent for Champagnes Piper-Heidsieck & Charles Heidsieck. He also wins a trip to the House of Champagne Piper-Heidsieck in the heart of the Champagne region including a personal tasting with chief winemaker Régis Camus. "While all three finalists were extremely impressive, Christopher was a worthy winner of the title," commented Victor Lanson, who was on the judging panel with Gerard Basset MS, MW, winner of the 2010 World Sommelier Championship held in Chile last week. "His ability to stay calm under pressure, think on his feet and the depth of wine and service knowledge he displayed shone through." Christopher, who passed his Master Sommelier exam last year with the highest score overall, trained in his native France. In the UK, in addition to working at the Square, he has worked at Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's. The Champagne Piper-Heidsieck UK Sommelier of the Year competition seeks to find the best sommelier or wine waiter in the UK based on wine knowledge, customer service skills and tasting ability. The competition, now in its 31st year. Previous winners include Laura Rhys from Hotel TerraVina in Hampshire, Gearoid Devaney, then of Tom Aikens, London, and Nicolas Clerc of the Milestone Hotel, London. The winner of the first-ever [Amateur Sommelier of the Year](http://www.afws.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=117&Itemid=244) was also announced yesterday, at the Sommeliers' Dinner. The competition, run in conjunction with Champagne Piper-Heidsieck, the Wine Guild of the United Kingdom, and Decanter.com was won by Daniel Brown from London. Daniel, 32, was presented with the Wine Guild of the United Kingdom's new silver Amateur Trophy and an engraved decanter by Wine Guild councillor Richard Agutter and Adam Lechmere, editor of Decanter.com. Daniel wins dinner for two at the one-Michelin starred Texture restaurant in London. Finally, the winner of the Young Sommelier of the Year award, given to the youngest placed sommelier in the semi-final or final of the main competition, was announced as Clement Robert from [Summer Lodge](http://www.summerlodgehotel.co.uk/). Clement was presented with a certificate, a trophy and a magnum of Champagne Piper-Heidsieck. [Laura Rhys from Hotel TerraVina wins Sommelier of the Year 2009 >>](http://www.caterersearch.com/Articles/2009/04/30/327426/laura-rhys-from-hotel-terravina-wins-sommelier-of-the-year.html) [Gérard Basset,The World's Best Sommelier >>](http://www.caterersearch.com/Articles/2010/04/26/333148/G233rard-BassetThe-World39s-Best-Sommelier.htm) [Heston Blumenthal's sommelier wins Dom Perignon award >>](http://www.caterersearch.com/Articles/2008/09/08/323292/heston-blumenthals-sommelier-wins-dom-perignon-award.htm) [Yohann Jousselin named as UK's Young Sommelier of the Year >>](http://www.caterersearch.com/Articles/2009/06/15/328205/yohann-jousselin-named-as-uks-young-sommelier-of-the.html) *By Amanda Afiya* E-mail your comments to [Amanda Afiya](mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) here. !(https://cdn.filestackcontent.com/0hcj0CnkR0aZyARLgtEs)If you have something to say on this story or anything else join the debate at Table Talk - Caterer's new networking forum. Go to [www.caterersearch.com/tabletalk](http://www.caterersearch.com/tabletalk) Caterersearch.com jobs Looking for a new job? [Find your next job here with Caterersearch.com jobs](http://www.caterersearch.com/jobs/default.aspx)