WINE AND FOOD CELEBRATION

10 - 12 September 2016

New Zealand Sommelier & Junior Sommelier Competitions 2016

Sunday 11 September, 9.30am

Guided by Master Sommelier, Cameron Douglas and Celia Hay (Director at NZSFW) we are looking forward to encouraging young and experienced hospitality professionals to enter this challenge.

Our goal is to create a challenging competition that will test the skills of experienced sommeliers and to offer the New Zealand Sommelier of the Year. Junior Sommelier of the Year competition is for people who are ambitious to excel but need more time and experience in the industry.



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JUDGING PANEL


Cameron Douglas

Cameron Douglas MS

New Zealand's first and only Master Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers, Cameron is an experienced wine and hospitality educator, judge and consultant. Cameron travels widely around the world judging wine professionals especially in the USA and Asia in his role as Master Sommelier.







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Celia Hay

Celia Hay is the founder of the New Zealand School of Food and Wine which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2015. Celia trained as a chef, running her Christchurch restaurant for 17 years but recently is better known as a wine educator with the publication of the New Zealand Wine Guide winner of the Gourmand World Book Award for Wine and Tourism.









COMPETITIONS OF 2016

New Zealand Sommelier of the Year

This award recognizes excellence in New Zealand and international wine knowledge for outstanding candidates working as a sommelier or senior manager in a hotel, lodge or restaurant. We encourage entries from candidates who can demonstrate excellent wine service and communication skills along with an in depth knowledge of wines from around the world.

Sponsor: New Zealand School of Food and Wine & Louis Roederer

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Prize

  • Return flight to Paris
  • VIP hosting for a day at Louis Roederer including a full tour of the cellars & lunch
  • Return transfers Paris to Reims
  • One night accommodation and meals in Reims

Please click here for Terms & Conditions and Registration.

Junior Sommelier of the Year

This award recognises excellence in New Zealand wine knowledge for outstanding candidates working in any hospitality business. We encourage entries from candidates who wish to develop their wine skills and progress to more senior positions in their chosen field.

Sponsor: Misha’s Vineyard

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Prize

  • Return flight to Queenstown
  • 2 nights accommodation with Misha’s Vineyard/The Rees Hotel
  • Helicopter tour around the key winegrowing regions of Central Otago
  • Special dinner at The Rees Hotel
  • Tasting sessions to gain an in-depth understanding of Central Otago sub-regions/varietals
  • All meals provided

Please click here for Terms & Conditions and Registration.

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Travel Scholarship for NZ Sommelier or Junior Sommelier competitions

The Hospitality Training Trust has granted 12 travel scholarships of $200 to compete on September 11 in Auckland at the New Zealand School of Food and Wine.

If you live outside of the greater Auckland area, you can apply for this scholarship. Email us with your CV to apply for the Travel Scholarship.