Six new Advanced Sommeliers
Six sommeliers were awarded the Advanced Sommeliers Certificate last week in Sydney by the Court of Master Sommeliers. It’s the first time this level of certification has been offered in Australia, and 25% of candidates succeeded.
They are Emmanuel Cadieu (pictured) of est/Merivale, Sydney, who was also dux; Bengt Baumgartner of The European/Melbourne Supper Club, Melbourne; Benjamin Hasko of Luxury Beverage Group, Sydney; Richard Healy of Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sydney; Han Yew Kong of Marina Bay Sands, Singapore; and Filippo L’ Episcopo of Park Hyatt, Sydney. In addition, a Sydney sommelier duxed the Introductory and Certified levels in Sydney. He is Timothy Perlstone of Public Dining Room, Balmoral.
Since 2008 in Australia, 822 sommeliers have participated in the exams, resulting in 508 Introductory Sommelier graduates, 221 Certified Sommelier graduates, 17 Advanced Level Master Sommeliers and two who have attained the title of Master Sommelier: Franck Moreau (Merivale) and Sebastian Crowther (Rockpool 1989).
Students attended from throughout Australia as well as New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau. Franck Moreau said: “Australia is now known as a leading training-ground for sommeliers worldwide, and the increased number of candidates seeking CMS certification in Australia really demonstrates this.”
The chief executive of the Court of Master Sommeliers, Brian Julyan MS, said: “We have been thrilled by the calibre of students participating in this year’s program. It’s a strong result to see 25% of candidates achieving the Advanced Sommelier Certificate, particularly as this is the very first time that this level of certification has been offered in Australia.”
*Image courtesy of Court of Master Sommeliers