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.’

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)

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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