Irish Sommeliers Represent at World Contest
The World's Best Sommelier Contest took place in Antwerp, Belgium recently, with sommelier from Chapter 1 Restaurant and Edward Dillon and Co. representing Ireland at the competition.
The World’s Best Sommelier Contest has been in existence since 1969. The contest facilitates exchanges between numerous hotel and restaurant professionals, encourages healthy competition between entrants, motivates them to perfect their skills, and helps widen knowledge of the sommelier profession in the public at large. The competition takes place every three years in one of the ASI member countries that has been authorized to host the event by the ASI.
The winner of the Irish Guild of Sommeliers Best Sommelier in Ireland Competition Julie Dupouy, Chapter 1 Restaurant, Dublin and Portfolio Brand Ambassador for Champagne Brands with Edward Dillion and Co. Ltd., represented Ireland at the competition, and had an excellent performance with a final placing of 8th out of 66 competitors from 63 countries. The winner was Marc Almert from Germany; 2nd place Nina Højgaard Jensen, Denmark; and 3rd place Raimonds Tomsons, Riga, Latvia.
All contestants at the ASI Best Sommelier of the World Contest have to be members of their national Guild which in Ireland’s case is the Irish Guild of Sommeliers.
Julie Dupouy has been in the wine business since 2003. She started working in France and shortly after moved to Ireland with a short stop in Belgium, Luxembourg and Scotland. Her education started with languages and French literature studies, but she decided that she wanted to become a sommelier. Julie passed her “mention complementaire sommellerie” in 2003. Since then she has studied with the WSET and achieved Diploma in 2015 as well as WSET Level in Sake in 2017. She has held the title of best sommelier of Ireland since 2009. Before competing in Ireland, she entered the Best Sommelier in France in 2008 and was one of the 12 semi-finalists. Julie also competed at the World Contests in Tokyo and Mendoza and the European contest in San Remo and Vienna. Her best international performance was at the ASI World Sommelier Contest in Mendoza 2016, where she was placed 3rd.