The annual International Jeunes Sommeliers Competition organised by the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, will be held in Budapest, September 28-30, 2017. Mátyás Szik, Head Sommelier of KOLLÁZS – Brasserie & Bar and of Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace will represent Hungary at the Competition.
“I am incredibly proud to be able to represent Hungary in such a prestigious competition. I deeply believe that our participation will surely effect the Hungarian hospitality industry, not to mention the fact that the Competition is taking place in Hungary.” – says Mátyás Szik, Head Sommelier
In 2007 the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs inaugurated the annual International Jeunes Sommeliers Competition to offer young sommeliers the opportunity to present their skills and “savoir faire” under highly competitive, intense and gruelling testing conditions.
The framework of the organization provides for professional participation, with one of its goals being to provide help, encouragement and support for the young professionals who are to be the best sommeliers of the future. The Concours International des Jeunes Sommeliers promotes the expertise of the young wine and spirit professionals and encourages mastery of wine and spirit knowledge.
The 2017 International Final of the Jeunes Sommeliers Competition will be hosted in Budapest by the Bailliage of Hungary on September 29th and 30th within a Grand Chapitre programme commencing on Thursday, September 28th and concluding on Sunday, October 1st.
The Awards & Induction Ceremony will be part of a Grand Gala Evening on the Saturday. The evening will include the Bailliage of Hungary’s Induction Ceremony and the Gala Dinner to celebrate the Jeunes Sommeliers Competition and the culmination of the Grand Chapitre.
About Mátyás Szik
KOLLÁZS’s Head Sommelier, Mátyás Szik, has officially become Hungary’s Sommelier Champion for Life in 2016, when for the third time, Mátyás won the Hungarian Sommelier Championship in 2014, in 2015 and in 2016. He is the first in 10 years and currently is the youngest life champion in Hungary.
He had gained his qualification at the most prominent national training center, Borkollégium.
He believes being a sommelier is a complex task, a real collage of knowledge and scopes.
Professional background, situation awareness, good communication are essential skills to be able to address a wine to a guest – and when the sommelier is able to trigger this setting, the wine speaks for itself.
About Hungarian Wine
Hungarian wine has a history dating back to Roman times. After the Ottoman Empire ceded Hungary to Austria in 1699, the Germanic influence was felt with the introduction of grape varieties such as Blauer Portugieser. That influence was evident in 1730 with the start of the world’s first vineyard classification in Tokaj, based on soil, aspect and propensity to noble rot.
The phylloxera epidemic at the end of the 19th century hit Hungary hard. Traditional varieties were replaced and whilst the next century saw the introduction of modern grapes which were easier to grow and to vinify, since 1989 there has been renewed interest in the traditional varieties and considerable new investment, particularly in Tokaj-Hegyalja. Today, therefore, Hungarian winemakers use all sorts of exciting, unusual grape varieties to make their wines.
To soak up this history and see first-hand the modern day developments, the young sommeliers chosen to represent their respective national Bailliages will be taken to Tokaj on the Thursday for an educational tour.
Hungary has a long tradition of winemaking making it an ideal location for the event. The Competition Committee, with the approval of the International Board, is therefore delighted that Bailli Délégué Iván Novák and his team are enthusiastically looking forward to welcoming the 2017 International Final to Budapest.
KOLLÁZS Brasserie & Bar has been awarded at the Dining Guide Gala:
*TOP 15 Restaurants, *TOP 10 Restaurant Service, *TOP 5 Sunday Brunch.
Thank you very much for the recognition and congratulations for the winners!
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