The annual battle of 'food and flor' has just begun, with the finalists announced for this year’s Copa Jerez competition.
Billed as the ‘ultimate gastronomic competition for sherry’, this year’s competition entrants had to create a three-course food and wine pairing menu, using only Andalucia’s most famous fortified.
Judges from sherry’s regulating council Consejo Regulador and Wines of Spain analysed entries from chef/sommelier teams across the UK and announced the winners at the Great Sherry Tasting earlier this week.
The five successful applicants going through to the Copa Jerez UK final are 28-50 Wine Workshop and Kitchen, Texture and Le Gavroche, which are all London, Wernher in Luton, and Asador 44 from Cardiff. The latter continues a good run of form for the Spanish-themed Wales/West Country 44 Group, which recently won the Wines of Rioja competition.
Each team will now have to present its three-course wine and food menu to a panel of judges in the Competition Theatre at the Restaurant Show on 1 October.
Winners of the UK event will go on to compete in the eighth Copa Jerez international final in Jerez against competitors from Germany, Holland, Spain, the US and Belgium.
The three-day event includes sherry seminars and workshops as well as masterclasses from some of Spain’s top chefs
Click here for a full list of the winning three-course menus and their sherry matches.