Jeunes Sommeliers Compétition

La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Concours des Jeunes Sommeliers 2017
An Invitation

La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Australia invites young Australian-based sommeliers to compete in our Chaîne Young Sommeliers competition 2017

This competition is open to any qualified individual who is sponsored by an active professional member of the Chaîne, has an interest in the wine and crafted beverage industry and is at least 21 and has not yet reached his or her 31st birthday by the end of September 2017.

The Australian National winner in 2017 will receive a cash prize of $3,000 and a fully paid trip to Budapest [Hungary], to compete in the international finals on 29 and 30 September 2017.

In 2007 the Chaîne inaugurated the annual International Jeunes Sommeliers Competition to offer young sommeliers the opportunity to present their skills and “savoir faire” under highly competitive, intense and grueling testing conditions.

A mission to our Society is to promote the enjoyment, knowledge and understanding of fine wines and crafted beverages. The framework of our organisation provides for professional participation, with its goals being to provide help, encouragement and support for the young professionals who are to be the best sommeliers of the future.

There are three levels in the Young Sommeliers competition:

  • a regional written 1 hour theory examination (State-based) – 3 April 2017
  • a national (Australian) final where the winners of regional competitions are invited to compete in a written theory test, a blind test and a service test – 5 June 2017 in Sydney
  • an international final where national winners are invited to again compete in a written theory test, a blind wine identification tests and service tests – Budapest, 29 and 30 September.

The competition is based on the Court of Master Sommelier (UK) procedures.

The Australian components will be judged by a panel with Franck Moreau MS as Head Judge.

The International competition will be judged by an international panel chaired by Brian Juylan MS, Officier Maître Sommelier, La Chaîne and Chief Executive, Court of Master Sommeliers (UK).

To Compete for 2017

Simply register your interest to your local Chaîne representative or to the Echanson d’Australie by email – include your name, date of birth, current employer, nationality, and phone contact.

Further information: John Studdert, Echanson d’Australie on jdcs@optusnet.com.au  (Chairman of the Jury for Australia). Entry is free. Entries close on 20 March 2017

Emmanuel Cadieu from Felix Restaurant achieves Bronze at La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs International Young Sommeliers Competition

Princess Marie von und zu Liechtenstein, Emmanuel Cadieu and John StuddertHer Serene Highness Princess Marie von und zu Liechtenstein,
Emmanuel Cadieu and John Studdert

On 25 and 26 August in Vaduz, Liechtenstein young sommeliers representing sixteen countries battled it out in a series of gruelling tests to become the 2106 Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Young Sommelier of 2016.

In the presence of Her Serene Highness Princess Marie von und zu Liechtenstein and an appreciative audience three finalists; Martin Sheehan-stross, Michael Mina Restaurant San Francisco, USA, Romain Bourger The Vineyard Newbury, United Kingdom, Emmanuel Cadieu, Felix Restaurant, Sydney achieved gold, silver and bronze respectively.

Chief Judge, Brian K Julyan MS, Chief Executive of the London based Court of Master Sommeliers and Chaîne Member, in announcing the results said that, ‘in the ten years of the competition, this was the closest result yet and that the eventual result was based on a countback to scores in the semi-finals’.

Clearly La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Australia is extremely proud of the achievement of Emmanuel, both as a finalist and as an impressive competitor in a strong field.

John Studdert, Echanson, La Chaîne Australia and Australia Chairman of the Jury for Australia said that ‘All three international finalists achieved first place in one of the three components of the finals. Any of the three could have achieved first place.’  John was on hand in Vaduz to lend support to the Australian candidate and assist in the finals competition.

Australia has been highly successful within the International Competition in recent years. Last year in Adelaide Mattia Cianca from Attica Restaurant came third. In 2014 Australia took out Gold in Copenhagen, when Pier-Alexis Souliere from Est. was crowned World Champion. In 2013 in Washington, DC Jarrod Mills also of Est. came in third and Juki Hirose of Rockpool Bar and Grill achieved third place in Cape Town in 2012.

On 15 August 2014 winner Pier-Alexis Souliere passed his Master Sommelier Diploma in London. This means that Pier-Alexis has been asked to become a member of the Court of Master Sommeliers. Pier-Alexis, will shortly be taking up a new position in California.

At the glittering award ceremony Her Serene Highness was inducted into the Chaîne as a Chevalier d’Honneur and assisted with the award presentations. One of the many prizes was a six litre bottle of Irvine Wines Grand Merlot 2009 valued at over $1,500. Romain Bourger was given the pleasant task of taking this award winning wine back to the UK.

Emmanuel Cadieu from Felix Restaurant wins La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Australian Young Sommeliers Competition

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Chaîne des Rôtisseurs’Bailli Délégué Australia, Norm Harrison
presents a six litre bottle of Irvine Wines Grand Merlot 2009
to Emmanuel Cadieu

On 11 July the Australian National Final of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Young Sommeliers Competition was held at the InterContinental Hotel in Sydney. Six finalists from Australia’s finest restaurants battled it out in a number of gruelling written, tasting and service tests for a chance to represent Australia at the International Final, which this year is being held on 25 August in Vaduz, the Capital of the Principality of Liechtenstein.

Emmanuel Cadieu came out on top ahead of his five other finalists; Ben Hasko, Bootleggers Wine and Spirits, Sydney, Jonathan Ward,  Print Hall, Perth, Robert Lozelle, Rockpool, Sydney, Justin Biskup, Rockpool, and Carlos Simoes, Vue de Monde, Melbourne. Carlos achieved second place and Ben third. The standard this year was extremely good and augers well for the future of the sommelier community.

Emmanuel won a number of prizes including $3,000 cash, a six litre bottle of Irvine Wines Grand Merlot 2009 valued at $1,500 and an all expenses trip to Vaduz. All finalists received gifts courtesy of La Chaîne.

Judges were Franck Moreau MS, Group Sommelier Merivale, Mark Protheroe, Consultant Sommelier,and John Studdert, Echanson, La Chaîne Australia and Chairman of the Jury for Australia.

Australia has been highly successful within the International Competition in recent years. Last year in Adelaide Mattia Cianca from Attica Restaurant came third. In 2014 Australia took out Gold in Copenhagen, when Pier-Alexis Souliere from Est. was crowned World Champion. In 2013 in Washington, DC Jarrod Mills also of Est. came in third and Juki Hirose of Rockpool Bar and Grill achieved third place in Cape Town in 2012.

John Studdert, Echanson, La Chaîne Australia and Australia Chairman of the Jury for Australia said that ‘All finalists this year would have been credible and highly competitive competitors at the international finals.’

This competition provides a great opportunity for emerging Australian sommeliers to hone their skills and become exposed to the international sommelier community through La Chaîne. The standard of the competition itself is designed to assist in the development of these high achieving sommeliers.

This competition is gaining strong support from the industry itself with the InterContinental Hotel Sydney as Hospitality Partner, plus the Association of Australian Boutique Winemakers, and Irvine Wines as sustaining National sponsors.

Finalists and Officials

Finalists, Officials and Judges

Australian National Finals 11 July 2016

We are pleased to advise that, following regional examinations around Australia late in May, we have an excellent line up of six finalists for the Chaîne International Jeunes Sommeliers Competition National finals to be held at the InterContinental Hotel on 11 July. Each of the finalists we believe would be a credible competitor at the International Finals to be held in Vaduz, Liechtenstein on 25 August. The finalists are:

Carlos Simoes Victoria Vue du Monde, Ben Hasko NSW. Bootleggers Wine and Spirits, Cadien Emmanuel NSW,  Merrivale, Robert Lozelle NSW Rockpool, Justin Biskup NSW Rockpool and Jonathan Ward WA Print Hall.

In the five years the Australian Chaîne has been represented at the International Finals we have achieved third place on three occasions and first place in 2014- Pier-Alexis Soulière in Copenhagen. This is an extraordinary achievement and is testament to the quality of our sommeliers and the training they receive. In 2015 Australia hosted the International Finals in Adelaide and our candidate, Mattia Antonio Cianca from Attica achieved third place in a closely fought battle in front of an invited audience.

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In NSW we are delighted to advise that Ben Hasko, from Bootleggers Wine and Spirits achieved first place in the NSW regional competition. Ben receives a cash prize of $500.

Bootleggers Wine & Spirits was the brainchild of Peter and Benjamin Hasko, a father and son team combining expertise to bring a new approach to the Australian wine importing and distribution industry. Ben comes from a sommelier background working most notably in Rockpool and Vue de Monde, two of Australia’s best restaurants.

http://www.bootleggers.com.au/

The Australian National winner in 2016 will receive a cash prize of $3,000 and a fully paid trip to Vaduz, capital city of the Principality of Liechtenstein to compete in the international finals on 25 August 2016.

International Competition Site

About the Young Sommeliers Competition

Since 2007, La Chaîne has held an annual International Jeunes (Young) Sommeliers Competition to offer young sommeliers (no older than 30 years) an opportunity to present their skills under highly competitive, intense and gruelling testing conditions.

There are three levels in the Young Sommeliers competition:

  • a regional (State-based) competition which consists of a written examination;
  • a national (Australian) final where the winners of regional competitions are invited to compete in a written theory test, a blind test and a service test; and
  • an international final where the national winner is invited to again compete in a written theory test, a blind wine identification tests and service tests.

The competition is based on the Court of Master Sommelier procedures.

La Chaîne Australia supports this and a parallel young chefs competition as part of its strong commitment to the ongoing development of emerging chefs and sommeliers in Australia.

 

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Mattia Cianca achieves third place out of 14 overseas competitors at the International Young Sommeliers Competition

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Mattia Cianca

finalists

Mattias Camilleri, Heidi Makinen and Mattia Cianca

See images https://www.dropbox.com/sh/m4khm2f778uomll/AABulgW6X3u41Ubzwt7-lhHRa?dl=0

(A special thanks to our local sponsors of the National Competition: The InterContinental Hotel Sydney, The Association of Australian Boutique Winemakers, red+white, and Riedel, A special thanks also to Irvine Wines of South Australia)

In a breathtaking final before an invited audience at the Adelaide Wine Centre on 25 September Mattias Camilleri from Medlar Restaurant, the United Kingdom won the La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs International Young Sommeliers Competition. His focused calmness and determination withstood all competition. Heidi Makinen from Restaurant C in Finland and Mattia Cianca from Attica Restaurant, Melbourne came second and third respectively.

While the Australian Chaîne would have been delighted if Australia came first two year in a row the Australian Chaîne is proud to acknowledge Mattia’s exceptional knowledge and performance in this world standard competition.

The competition and finals included a written theory test, a spirits identification, wine identification and service tests. The competition is based on the Court of Master Sommeliers procedures.
In 2007 the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs inaugurated the annual International Jeunes Sommeliers Competition to offer young sommeliers the opportunity to present their skills and “savoir faire” under highly competitive, intense and demanding testing conditions.

Australia has been involved in the competition for five years. Most recently, Pier-Alexis Soulière withstood two days of grueling competition to win the 2014 international finals held in Copenhagen.

14 representatives from The Philippines, Germany, Norway, UK, Korea, Australia, Russia, Turkey, Macau, Finland, Denmark, Canada, USA & Singapore participated in the International finals in Adelaide from 24 to 25 September 2015.

The International competition was judged by an international panel chaired by Brian Juylan MS, Officier and Maître Sommelier, La Chaîne and Chief Executive, Court of Master Sommeliers. Franck Moreau MS, a Chaîne members from the Merivale group and in Sydney was one of the four judges

Norm Harrison, Mattia Ciancacame and JörgBöckeler.
Norm Harrison, Mattia Cianca and Jörg Böckeler.

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InterContinental Sydney–Attica’s Mattia Cianca wins La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Australian Young Sommeliers Competition 2015

On 22 June the Australian National Final of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Young Sommeliers Competition was held at the InterContinental Hotel in Sydney. Seven winners of State competitions from around Australia battled it out in a number of gruelling test of knowledge and skills for a chance to represent Australia at the International Final in Adelaide on 25 September.

Attica’s Mattia Cianca came out on top, ahead of his six other finalists Julia Sewell – The Fat Duck, Crown Melbourne, Jean Charles Mahe – Print Hall, Perth, Seamus Brandt – Rockpool Sydney, Samantha Jane Faircloth – Cru Bar + Cellar Brisbane, Ben Hasko – Luxury Beverage Group Sydney and Carlos Simoes – Vue de Monde Melbourne.

Judges were Franck Moreau MS, Group Sommelier Merivale and Mark Protheroe Head Sommelier Grossi Group with John Studdert, Echanson of La Chaîne Australia as Chairman of the Jury. Tamrah Petruzzelli, National Brand and Marketing Manager of The Adelaide Review | HOT 100 Wines | The Melbourne Review was also in Sydney to invite the winner to be a judge for the 2015 Hot 100 wine competition.

Norm Harrison the Bailli Délégué of Australia congratulated all the competitors for reaching the finals of this prestigious Chaine des Rotisseurs2015 Sommeliers Competition and said he is looking forward to seeing the winner, members and guests at the 2015 International Competition to be held in Adelaide 24-26 September. He also acknowledged the generous support of InterContinental Sydney’s GM Jörg Böckeler, Irvine Wines Marketing Manager Peter Schrader and Judith Kennedy Chief Executive Officer, Association of Australian Boutique Winemakers.

Australia has been highly successful within the International Competition in recent years. Last year Australia took out Gold in Copenhagen, Denmark when Pier-Alexis Souliere formally of Est. was crowned World Champion, and in 2013 in Washington, USA Jarrod Mills also of Est. came in third.

John Studdert, Echanson, La Chaîne Australia and Chairman of the Jury said that ‘Following Pier-Alexis Souliere’s win in Copenhagen, and that Australia is hosting the International Finals in Adelaide, I am very excited for our prospects this year. It would be wonderful to see us take out Gold at home’

This competition provides a great opportunity for emerging Australian sommeliers to hone their skills and become exposed to the international sommelier community. The standard of the competition itself is designed to assist in the development of these high achieving sommeliers.

This competition is gaining strong support from the industry itself with the InterContinental Sydney as Hospitality Partner, plus the Association of Australian Boutique Winemakers, Riedel, red+white, Irvine Wines, and Travelodge as sustaining sponsors.

For further information – please contact John Studdert, Echanson d’Australie echanson@chainedesrotisseurs.com.au or telephone 0411 063 839.

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Pier-Alexis Soulière – representing Australia in the 2014 International La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Young Sommelier Competition Wins!!!!

Pier-Alexis Soulière, the winner of the 2014 Australian National Finals of the La Chaîne des Rotisseurs Young Sommeliers Competition withstood two days of gruelling competition to win the eighth Chaîne International Young Sommeliers Competition held in Copenhagen on 18 and 19 September 2014.

Pier won this opportunity to compete at the Australian national competition finals held at the InterContinental Hotel, Sydney on 26 May.

John Studdert, Echanson du Bailliage National d’Australie and NSW Chaine Member, Dr Dennis Mather were on hand in Copenhagen to support Pier – he didn’t need it. He was the popular winner and he deserved the enthusiastic response from his fellow competitors and those attending the presentation when his name was announced.


Chaîne Officials Norm Harrison, Sam Giddings, John Studdert and Joerg Boeckeler with National Finals winner Pier-Alexis Souliere (Centre)

Chaîne Officials Norm Harrison, Sam Giddings, John Studdert and Joerg Boeckeler with National Finals winner Pier-Alexis Souliere (Centre)

Est Sommelier Pier-Alexis Souliere wins La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Australian Young Sommeliers Competition

On 26 May the Australian National Finals of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Young Sommeliers Competition were held at the InterContinental Hotel in Sydney. Five finalists from Australia’s finest restaurants battled it out in a number of gruelling tests for a chance to represent Australia at the International Final in Copenhagen on 19 September.

Est. Sommelier Pier-Alexis Souliere came out on top, ahead of his four other finalists, James Audas from Est., Julia Sewell from Rockpool Bar and Grill, Mattia Cianca from Attica, and Adrian Filiuta from Felix. 

Judges were Franck Moreau MS, Group Sommelier Merivale, Michael Engelmann MS, Head Sommelier, Rockpool Bar & Grill and John Studdert, Echanson, La Chaîne Australia and National Competition Director.

This is the second year in a row that an Est. sommelier has won the opportunity to represent Australia at the International Competition. John Studdert said that We have had extraordinary success at the international finals of the sommeliers competition; coming third in the previous two years. Jarrod Mills from Est achieved that distinction in Washington last year. It is time we achieved Gold.’

This competition provides a great opportunity for emerging Australian sommeliers to hone their skills and become exposed to the international sommelier community through La Chaîne. The standard of the competition itself is designed to assist in the development of these high achieving sommeliers.

This competition is gaining strong support from the industry itself with the InterContinental Hotel Sydney as Hospitality Partner, plus the Association of Australian Boutique Winemakers and red+white as sustaining sponsors.

For further information – please contact John Studdert, Echanson d’Australie on echanson@chainedesrotisseurs.com.au   or 0411 063 839.

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Jarrod Mills from Est Restaurant achieves Third Place at the International Young Sommeliers Competition 2013 in Washington DC

John Studdert, Australian Echanson, and Jarrod Mills, of Est Restaurant, winner of the 2013 National Young Sommeliers Competition

John Studdert, Australian Echanson, and Jarrod Mills, of Est Restaurant

Jarrod Mills from Est Restaurant achieved third place at the La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs (La Chaîne) International Young Sommeliers’ Competition held in Washington DC on 18 October 2013.

Jarrod won this opportunity in a demanding final held at the Royal Automobile Club of Australia in Sydney on 15 July 2013. The final involved examinations, a service test and a blind tasting of wines. Jarrod was judged by Michael Engelmann MS, Head Sommelier, Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sydney, Mark Protheroe, Group Sommelier Grossi Group and John Studdert, Echanson d’Australie, La Chaîne.