Kathrine Larsen has been named the Academy of Food & Wine Service’s Moët UK Sommelier of the Year 2014 after a heated final in London.
Danish born Larsen, 32, was formally the head of sommelier at Zuma in London, and also won Young Sommelier of the Year in 2013. Having trained initially at two star restaurants in Copenhagen, Larsen has well and truly worked her way to the top.
The competition, which involved difficult tasting and knowledge tasks, took place at London’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel. A group of 12 semi – finalists were reduced down to a final three.
Competing against Loic Avril from The Fat Duck (second place) and Tanguy Martin from Hotel Terravina (third place), all competitors had to complete a blind tasting, spot errors on a wine list, a question round and role play testing their customer skills, all in front of a live audience.
In winning the competition, Larsen has bagged an all expenses paid trip to Moët & Chandon for a tasting of the house’s Grand Vintage collection with chef de cave Benoît Gouez, followed by dinner at the brand’s Château de Saran.
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