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UK triumphant in international finals

UK triumphant in international finals

UK’s Piotr Pietras of Launceston Place, London took to the world stage as he was crowned the Chaine des Rotisseurs’ International Young Sommelier of the Year following two days of intensive competition in Budapest recently.

In the 11th year of the contest, Pietras successfully fought off stiff competition from 13 other countries. He was placed ahead of Australia’s Mikael Grou of Sails Restaurant in Queensland in second place and Vincent Morrow of Petaluma in California.

The contest was designed to test competitors’ skills to the full: 

Day One included a written paper, decanting wines, Champagne pouring, blind wine tasting to define the top three.

Day Two was performed in public and included food and wine pairing, decanting, list correction, quick fire Q & A’s spirits tasting, blind wine tasting – finally serving a magnum into 16 glasses with only one top-up allowed. 

The panel of international judges was headed by Bryan Julyan MS who is CEO of the Court of Master Sommeliers and included Ronan Sayburn MS, Brian Dawes MS and Ron Wiegand MS, MW. 

Julyan said: “This was a battle to the finish! And it was well won. Piotr gave an incredible performance and we salute him. The standard of this year’s contest was unequivocally the highest yet in the contest’s 11-year history, and the two days were immensely exciting.” 

Speaking of the competition, Pietras said: “To win this competitive International Final with the top three performing in public against the clock was an incredible experience – I am humbled and very proud.”

Pietras wins a Methusalem of Irvine Grand Merlot, a Riedel decanter, a Champagne sabre and a silver tray. 

Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
The Chaîne des Rôtisseurs is an international gastronomic society. Founded in Paris in 1950, the society is dedicated to bringing together professional and non-professional members from around the world who appreciate wine cuisine and fine dining. Its long culinary history and tradition can be dated back to as far as 1248 and continues to be promoted today through its extensive local, national and international events.

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