Luxury appliance specialist Gaggenau has announced the staging of its second International Sommelier Awards, taking place on October 18-19 in Vienna.
Five up-and-coming sommeliers will compete in front of an expert judging panel and international media.
Launched in 2014 in Lipsheim, Alsace, the Gaggenau Sommelier Awards is said to be the first worldwide competition where both the professional competencies of the candidates as well as their attitude towards the duties and responsibilities of a sommelier are assessed. Over the two days, the candidates will compete in a series of both wine and coffee tests.
The UK finalist is Benjamin Robinson, junior assistant chef sommelier at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire.
“At Gaggenau, we want to promote the extensive knowledge invested in wine and coffee enjoyment,” explained Sven Schnee, head of global brand Gaggenau and a member of the judging panel.
“We are bringing the sommelier’s profession and the art of pairing food and drink into sharper focus, so that consumers can enjoy their dining experience to the highest standard. Our Sommelier Awards are put in place to highlight the importance of sommeliers and we see this as part of Gaggenau’s brand and culture philosophy.”