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Chaîne des Rôtisseurs GB Young Sommelier of the Year scoops international title

Published:  08 October, 2018

Aymeric Pollenne, of Hide and currently the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs GB Young Sommelier of the Year, has beaten stiff competition to win the overall International Young Sommelier 2018 title.

Up against top young sommeliers from countries all over the world – including US, Canada, Australia, Denmark, Turkey and Germany – Pollenne faced a tough two-day contest before being crowned the Best in the World.

As well as written knowledge tests, the practical tasks involved decanting and pouring Champagne and Mediterranean wines, off-the-cuff food and wine matching and blind tastings of wine and spirits, with three sommeliers making it to the semi-finale.

The achievement was “wonderful news” not only for young Aymeric but also for Great Britain and its front of house talent, said Philip Evins, Bailli Délégué for the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs GB.

“In a competition of this calibre careers are forged and lifetime friendships are formed. He will go far....”, he said, adding Pollenne would be leaving Hide shortly for personal reasons but had plans in the pipeline to continue his career next by moving to Australia.

The latest accolade was “just the beginning”, said Pollenne, who shortly after winning his UK title last October moved to the now Michelin-starred Hide restaurant.

“It is a thrilling achievement - and one that I am sure will change my life,” he said.