WINE AND FOOD CELEBRATION

18 - 20 August 2018

New Zealand Sommelier & Junior Sommelier Competitions 2018

Sunday 19 August, 9.00am

Guided by Cameron Douglas MS and Celia Hay, the New Zealand Sommeliers and Wine Professionals' goal is to create a challenging competition that will test the skills of experienced sommeliers and excite the ambitions of junior service staff with the Junior Sommelier of the Year competition.

In 2018, we are delighted to welcome Master Sommelier Jonathan Ross MS, from USA and now based in Australia, on our judging panel.



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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. Cameron is the Patron of the New Zealand Sommeliers and Wine Professionals.







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Celia Hay

Celia Hay is the director of the New Zealand School of Food and Wine which she established in 1995. Celia trained as a chef, running her Christchurch restaurant for 17 years and is well-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. Celia is founding chair-person of the New Zealand Sommeliers and Wine Professionals.







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Jonathan Ross

Born and raised in New Jersey, Jonathan has worked in New York at a number of high profile restaurants including Eleven Madison Park as head sommelier before moving to Melbourne in 2017. Jonathan is currently Beverage Director for the Rockpool Dining Group's Victorian operations and is an educator for the Guild of Sommeliers.







2018 COMPETITIONS

New Zealand Sommelier of the Year

This award recognises 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

  • Magnum of Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne
  • Return flights to Ningxia, China to represent New Zealand at the One Belt One Road Sommelier Summit starting 6 September 2018
  • All flights and accommodation
  • 10 day programme exploring the leading wine region of China

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.