The four finalists of the inaugural Gérard Basset Travel Bursary Scholarship have been announced.
Judges Nina and Romané Basset, Tim Atkin MW, Ronan Sayburn MS and Laura Rhys MS, convened at London club 67 Pall Mall last Tuesday to narrow down a sizable line-up of candidates, finally selecting:
- Melania Battiston of Medlar (who is also running for the Hot Stuff category in this year's Imbibe Personality of the Year)
- Oliver Carr of The Ledbury
- Lise Donie-Meroz of L’Enclume
- Claude Millée of Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Gleneagles
The four sommeliers will be called in for interviews to decide who takes top spot, the result of which will be announced this Saturday 1 February. The winner will receive a prize of £5,000 to cover the costs of visiting a winemaking country of their choice, and help from the judges in planning the trip.
The scholarship was created to ‘ensure Gérard’s legacy lives on’, as put by Nina Basset. ‘He always maintained that travelling to the wine regions of the world broadened his mind, his knowledge and wine experiences better than any other form of study ever could,’ she explained.