Melbourne sommelier wins second place at global competition

Thibaut Broussier from Dinner by Heston is the runner-up of the Young Sommeliers Competition 2018.

This year's Young Sommeliers Competition was hosted in Mexico City by Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, an international gastronomic society founded in Paris in 1950.

                          Thibaut Broussier (left), Aymeric Pollenne (centre), Jeremy Shanker (right)

Ten young Sommeliers representing Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Mexico, Turkey and the USA came to Mexico to compete for the title on 21-22 September.

Great Britain’s Aymeric Pollenne was announced as the winner at the awards ceremony held at the InterContinental Presidente hotel. Thibaut Broussier, representing Australia, came in second and USA’s Jeremy Shanker came in third place.

The competition promotes the expertise of the young wine and spirit professionals and encourages mastery of wine and spirit knowledge. Throughout the gruelling competition, the ten young sommeliers were tested on their knowledge and skills; firstly with a theory paper, then with a practical wine service test and lastly with a blind wine tasting.