Pier-Alexis Soulière wins Young Sommelier award, Antoine Lehebel the title of Belgium’s Best Sommelier

Tuesday October 28 2014 by Vitisphere


Sommelier competitions all tend to look alike, with the final examinations inevitably involving a similar set of requirements: serving Champagne, decanting a red wine, correcting a wine list, answering a whole host of questions off the cuff, and so on. Predictably then, these were all part of the international finals of the Young Sommelier competition which took place in Copenhagen on September 19 and the Belgian Best Sommelier contest on October 12 in Brussels. Representing Australia, Quebec national Pier-Alexis Souliere (Est Restaurant in Sydney) won the title of Young Sommelier 2014, followed by Jane Lopes (United States) and Tanguy Martin (England). With 15 candidates aged between 21 and 30 in the running, this international event is organised by gourmet food association Chaine des Rotisseurs.

Belgium’s Best Sommelier this year is Antoine Lehebel, who won the award on October 12. The event is organised by the Guild of Sommeliers. Two competitions were recently subsumed into the Best Sommelier contest: the `Premier Sommelier de Belgique` (the Prosper Montagne gourmet food club and the Flemish Guild of Sommeliers) and the `Sommelier de l`Annee` (Benelux Gault & Millau guide), according to journalist Marc Vanel (Le Soir). Working at the Villa Lorraine (Uccle), Antoine Lehebel was followed by Benoit Couderé (De Karmeliet restaurant in Bruges) and Jasper Van Papeghem (Hostellerie L’Esco in Wetteren).


[Source: Vitisphere; Photo: Pier-Alexis Soulière competing in Copenhagen, Chaine des Rotisseurs]


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