The International Association of Sommeliers (ASI) founded in June 1969 in France with the aim of developing and promoting the sommelier profession organizes the International competition for the World’s Best Sommelier. The event takes place every three years normally in a different country, the exception being Greece as the last one was held in Santorini in 2004.
This year’s competition held during May on the island of Rhodes, Greece featured sommeliers from 45 countries each competing for top honours. The competition facilitates exchanges between many restaurant and hotel professionals. It encourages healthy competition between competitors and motivates them to perfect their skills and allows the sommelier profession to become better known to the public at large.
The winner was Andreas Larsson from Sweden. The winners name will be added to the Moet and Chandon Champagne Silver Mathusalem alongside the names of previous winners. This is the competitions perpetual trophy.