Terry Kandylis from London wine members club 67 Pall Mall is the Moët Sommelier of the Year 2016.
He beat Jess Kildetoft from MASH and Coq d’Argent’s Olivier Marie at yesterday's grand final, which took place at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London.
The 12 finalists had a variety of challenges to accomplish on the day, including blind tasting of both wines and spirits, spotting errors on a wine list and pouring a magnum of champagne.
Kandylis said: 'It has been an amazing journey. I wouldn’t have imagined something like this when I came to the UK six years ago. I would like to thank my friends and team because without them I wouldn’t be here. It has been a great learning process.'
In addition to a gold-plated, engraved jeroboam of Moët & Chandon Imperial, Kandylis will also now be part of an exclusive mentoring programme to help further his knowledge.
'Over the five years that we have worked with the Academy of Food and Wine Service for this competition, our mission has been to enhance the learnings and experience that every entrant, no matter which stage of the competition they reach, takes with them,' comments Julie Nollet, marketing and communication director for Moët Hennessy UK. “It is very clear that the UK has some of the highest standards of sommellerie of anywhere in the world, and we are very proud to have been able to help this happen.'
Pictured top: Kandylis with Gérard Basset MW OBE, who chaired the judging panel