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The finalists going through for the 2017 Moet UK Sommelier of the year are…….

Gareth Ferreira – 67 Pall Mall

Mathias Camilleri – The Five Fields Restaurant

Zigmars Grinbergs – Restaurant Cabotte

Serdar Balkaya – Royal AutoMobile Club

Julia Sewell – The Fat Duck

Olivier Frayssinet – La Trompette

Rudy Le Metayer – Summerlodge

Romain Bourger – The Vineyard, Stockross

Tamas Czinki – Northcote Manor

Alexandre Freguin – Moor Hall Restaurant with rooms

Jess Sørensen  –  2016 SOTY Runner up – Mash Steak House

Piotr Pietras –  Chaîne des Rôtisseurs   Young Sommelier 2017 –  Launceston Place restaurant

Congratulations to you all. We look forward with great anticipation to the finals on the 17th July at The Savoy Hotel, London.


The Moët UK Sommelier of the Year competition is organised by the Academy of Food & Wine Service and has been running since 1980.

Past winners include some of the UK’s best-known sommeliers including Gerard Basset, Ronan Sayburn, Alan Holmes, Matt Wilkin, Gearoid Devaney and Laura Rhys – to name just a few.

Many of our past winners took part in the competition for several years before they finally won it including last year’s winner, Terry Kandalis.

Taking part is a great education in itself – and of course, if you get through to the final or even win, it’s a fabulous way to boost the profile of yourself and the establishment you work for.

The Moët UK Sommelier of the Year competition is open to professional sommeliers and waiting staff working in the UK and all entries must be supported by their employer.  You will supply a current CV and a short (maximum 200 words) paragraph on why you are a Sommelier, what your greatest wine experience has been to date and what winning the title of UK Sommelier of the Year 2017 would mean to you. These will be deliberated on by the judges and the successful entries will get through to the regional finals.

The regional finals are to take place in on April 3rd 2017  and to be held in 3 locations –  Manchester, Bristol, and London – and entrants will undertake a written paper, a blind tasting and an oral service element. The three highest scoring entries will then complete in two practical service elements and an oral food and wine matching sessions.

The five regional winners and the five highest scoring candidates, the 2016 runner up and the Chaine de Rotisseur winner then make up the 12 candidates who will be invited to Epernay in May 10th & 11th 2017 before competing in finals in London at The Savoy Hotel, London on 17th July 2017.

Entries open Friday 17th February 2017


At the final the sommeliers will complete three tests, before being reduced to six. After more assessments, the six will be whittled down to three, who will compete in the grand final that afternoon in front of an audience of invited guests and a judging panel chaired by Gerard Basset OBE, MW, MS, winner of the 2010 Best Sommelier in the World competition and the recipient of the inaugural Wine and Spirit Ambassador Award at the 2014 Cateys.


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Keep up the studies and we look forward to your entries!

Suzanne Weekes
Academy of Food & Wine Service

Telephone: 07771 998112