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Winners of Jacquart's Rising Stars trophy announced

Published:  12 October, 2011

The Champagne Jacquart Rising Stars trophy has been won by chef Lindsay Mackay and sommelier Tobias Wetzler, from the Carnegie club at Skibo castle in Scotland.

The final took place yesterday at the Restaurant Show, where seven teams of young chefs and sommeliers, from top restaurants in the UK, competed for the title.

Leonid Semakin and Matthew Mawtus from 1 Lombard Street were runners up.

Chefs took part in a two hour cooking session, in which they had to create a three course meal, while the sommeliers' assessment included a blind tasting of the Jacquart range and an interview with the judges on their knowledge of wine and service.

Sommeliers were then required to pour 8 equal glasses from a single bottle of Jacquart Brut Mosaïque.

It was the first time that both winners, respectively had participated in a competition together.

Laurent Reinteau, chief executive officer, Jacquart, said:  "It is fundamental for us as a young Champagne brand to support the young and upcoming stars of tomorrow and I am very happy that Lindsay and Tobias won - they did an incredible job."

The winning menu consisted of a starter of Tartare of langoustine and crab, with red chicory and a mayonnaise of herbs, paired with Jacquart's rosé Mosaïque.

The main was a Warm pavé of smoked salmon with buttered cucumber samphire and caviar, paired with Jacquart's Blanc de Blancs 2005, followed by a dessert of Champagne poached pear with hazelnut financier and clotted cream, paired with Jacquart's Brut Mosaïque NV.

The winners have won a trip for four to Jacquart's Hôtel de Brimont headquarters in Reims.