|Rengasamy wins Sake Sommelier of the Year|
Trade News -
|Monday, 18 November 2013|
Rajan Rengasamy of UAE wine supplier Spinneys has won the first ever Sake Sommelier of the Year competition held outside Japan. The award, launched this year by the Academy of Food & Wine Service and the Sake Sommelier Association, saw 5 semi-finalists and subsequently 3 finalists chosen from about 50 entrants. The 3 finalists showcased their knowledge in sake in the grand final, held in front of a live audience in a central London hotel, and took part in a food pairing test, a service task and a blind tasting, all using traditional Japanese crockery.
At the end, Rengasamy beat Barry McCaughley of Londonís Chotto Matte and Sam Tse of the Hong Kong Wine Academy to the prestigious award and a a fully-funded trip to Kyoto and Hyogo in Japan to take the five-day Advanced Sake Sommelier course. Through the award, the organisers hope to raise awareness of sake and sake sommeliers within the industry and amongst the general public, and to promote sake education around the world.
For more information on the competition, please visit http://www.sakesommelieroftheyear.com