UK Sommelier of the Year competition opens

Calling for entries from across the country, the Academy of Food & Wine Service (AFWS) has opened their Champagne Piper-Heidsieck UK Sommelier of the Year competition, reports Big Hospitality.

These annual awards celebrate the product knowledge and skills in serving of sommeliers, and is open to entries from people working in event venues across Great Britain. Last year’s main award-winner was London-based Christopher Delalonde. Delalonde won thanks to his extensive knowledge of spirits and wines, in addition to his fantastic serving skills.

The AFWS Chairman, Nick Scade, is excited about the event and hopes to attract a diverse range of applicants: “This competition is now one of the premier events in UK sommellerie, but this year, we are hoping to broaden its appeal and attract sommeliers and wine waiters from a range of establishments.”

Sponsored by Champagne Piper-Heidsieck, the competition usually presents highly skilled, experienced sommeliers. A spokesperson for Pipe-Heidsieck said: “We are hoping to find another dedicated wine professional worthy of winning the tile. Each year the competition attracts more and more entries, so 2011 promises to be another exciting event, which perhaps might reveal an unknown star of the industry.”

Judges of this year’s award include hotel executives, representatives from the AFWS and hospitality experts. Scade continued: “The role of front-of-house has gained in profile and importance across the industry, and we hope the level of entries to the 2011 UK Sommelier of the Year competition will reflect this.”

With the tag line “The search for a star starts here”, the competition is set to be an exciting and professional event.