In restaurant news this week: Dining out in the UK is predicted to fall by over a third in September, London wine bar Top Cuvée gets ready to open a shop, and a MasterChef: The Professionals finalist prepares to open a West African restaurant in October.
Rôtisseurs sommelier and chef winners to be unveiled in November
The winners of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs British young sommelier and chef awards for 2020 will now be announced in London on 20 November.
United Sommeliers Foundation to raise money for industry workers
The newly-formed United Sommelier Foundation is holding an auction to raise money for restaurant wine workers that have been affected by Covid-19.
Six leading sommeliers in Russia share their plans for survival
Six leading sommeliers in Russia discuss their plans for survival as restaurants across the country face a collapsing Ruble and the coronavirus outbreak with no government support. Anton Moiseenko reports from Moscow.
Unfiltered: Alessandro Giani, Angler
Alessandro Giani, head sommelier at London’s Angler, on getting into wine via an Italian Sunday roast, and pairing mackerel tartare with Müller-Thurgau from Luxembourg.
Unfiltered: Lucy Ward, Wilder
Head sommelier of London’s Wilder, Lucy Ward, on serving Nebbiolo to Pierce Brosnan and her ultimate food and wine pairing.
New Netflix drama follows plight of aspiring sommelier
Popular streaming service Netflix is to launch a film called Uncorked on 27 March that follows the plight of an aspiring Master Sommelier from Memphis.
Kandylis to leave 67 Pall Mall to join Australia’s Lucas restaurant group
Head sommelier of wine members’ club 67 Pall Mall, Terry Kandylis, is to leave his post at the end of the month to take on the role of beverage and wine director at Australian restaurant group Lucas.
Gerard Basset’s memoirs to be published
The long-awaited memoirs of legendary wine professional Gerard Basset will launch later this month after hundreds of wine trade professionals raised money to see them published.
Unfiltered: Andrés Rangel, Gymkhana
Andrés Rangel, assistant head sommelier of London’s Gymkhana, on moving from rugby to wine and pairing tandoori masala lamp chops and Côte-Rôtie.
Unfiltered: Savvas Symeonidis, Goodman Restaurant
Savvas Symeonidis, head sommelier of Mayfair’s Goodman Restaurant on moving from medicine to wine, customers that prefer apps to sommeliers, and a first day on the job he’d rather forget.
Singapore sommelier Britt Ng wins Jackson Family Wines Scholarship
Jackson Family Wines has named Singapore-based Britt Ng as the winner of the winery’s scholarship to attend the Court of Master Sommelier Advanced Sommelier Course in 2020.