The title of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Young Sommelier of the Year went to The Vineyard's Romain Bourger this week. From here he'll go on to represent the UK against the world's best in the international final in August.
Bourger (pictured, centre) took top spot out of 16 sommeliers, with Piotr Pietras of Launceston Place taking second place, and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay's Carmine de Riso in third. Competitors were evaluated through a series of blind tastings of wines and spirits, service tasks, and a theory paper. The final was held at The Dorchester in London.
'Each and every young person who took part in the GB final should be extremely proud of their achievements,' said Philip Evins (pictured, left), bailli délégué for the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. 'The calibre of competitors this year has been extremely high, and all the judges were inspired by the exceptional skill and talent of all the young sommeliers who are just starting on their career paths but are already exceptional.
'The Chaîne des Rôtisseurs focuses on training and developing young people in the hospitality industry and it was fantastic to see so many of the best and brightest future talent showcasing their abilities. Now it’s on to the international competition, for which preparation is already underway!'
Bourger added: 'I am very proud to have won the British title, as I was up against some very talented competitors. It's taken a lot of hard work to get here but I am so pleased all my training has paid off, and I would like to thank my managers and mentor throughout this process for supporting my development. I now look forward to the international final in August.'
The international final will be held in Vaduz in Lichtenstein.