Congratulations to Emmanuel Cadieu

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.

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