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Published on : Thursday, April 28, 2016
Mandarin Oriental, Paris’s Chief Sommelier, David Biraud, has been named Vice-Champion at the Best Sommelier of the World 2016 competition. Organised by the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI), the event took place in Mendoza, Argentina, during 15 – 19 April 2016.
Following his selection on 19 October 2015 as French representative for the world sommeliers competition, Biraud spent several months training with some of the best sommeliers in France. Building on his experience from entering the 2010 and 2013 contests he achieved his best ranking this year. The 2016 winner was Sweden’s Jon Arvid Rosengren.
Launched in 1969, the contest is held every three years to improve the quality of sommeliers. Approximately 60 candidates from across the globe participated in this year’s competition, representing 55 member and observer countries, and including the Best Sommeliers of Europe, Americas and Asia-Oceania, and specially invited wine industry experts.
Mandarin Oriental, Paris is thrilled with the result. General Manager, Philippe Leboeuf, says, “David has always had the full support of not only his colleagues at Mandarin Oriental, Paris, but also of the entire industry. We congratulate him for this ranking which is the result of hard work, research and passion.”
Executive Chef and F&B Director, Thierry Marx, adds, “David is an example for all of us. His commitment and determination still bring him further to excellence.”
Source:- Mandarin Oriental