Regional Competition Rules 2024
A competitor must be at least 21 (twenty-one) on Saturday, February 24, 2024, and will NOT yet reach their 29th (twenty-ninth) birthday by October 14, 2024. There is NO cost to participants to enter the Regional Competition.
In addition, if you know other sommeliers who meet the age requirements above, please tell them about the event. If they need a nudge, send us an email with their name and contact information and we will follow up.
On this page, you will find detailed information about the 2024 Young Sommeliers competition.
Please contact Llyn Strelau (email@example.com) if you have any questions.
Vive La Chaîne and Mondial!
Deadline for Submissions of Candidates is February 15, 2024
L’Ordre Mondial was created to promote the enjoyment, knowledge and understanding of fine wines and crafted beverages. The framework of the Mondial provides for professional and amateur 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 Young Sommeliers Competition promotes the expertise of the young wine and spirit professional and encourages mastery of wine and spirit knowledge.
The 2024 Young Sommeliers Competition is open to any qualified individual who:
- Is a Canadian citizen (by birth or naturalization) AND has demonstrated an active interest in the wine and crafted beverage industry. Oris a legal resident of Canada, holding a valid work permit AND is actively employed in that country as a sommelier on the date of each stage of the competition in which the individual seeks to compete.
- Is at least 21 (twenty-one) years of age on February 24, 2024, and have not yet reached their 29th birthday on October 14, 2024.
- Is sponsored by a member of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs (if you don’t yet have a sponsor, don’t worry – we’ll arrange that for you). To attain the distinction of being selected as the Best Alberta Regional Young Sommelier of the year, the candidate must successfully progress through two stages: a first-round written test administered in person. The top six scoring competitors from the written exam will, one week later, participate in a series of Service Performance Exercises.
First Round Written Test
The first-round written test will be administered in person on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at 1:00pm at the Ranchmen’s Club, 710 – 13 Ave SW Calgary, Alberta and candidates whose applications have been previously accepted will arrive at the Ranchmen’s Club at 12:30 pm for orientation and then write the test at 1:00 pm. This is a closed-book test. The test will be given at a single time this day ONLY. No other dates or times are possible for taking this test. The results of the first-round exam are used to determine the competitors invited to advance to the final. The initial written test result may also be a component of the final testing score. ONLY the TOP 6 contestants will advance to the final competition.
Edmonton candidates will perform the written test in Edmonton on the same date at the same time. The location is to be determined.
If you reside outside of Calgary or Edmonton, alternate arrangements for our written exam may be considered depending upon your particular situation. Any alternate arrangements are strictly at the discretion of the competition committee.
The Second Regional Final Stage
The SIX top-scoring candidates from the first-round test are invited to participate. It will be held on Saturday, March 2nd at the Ranchmen’s Club 710 – 13 Ave SW Calgary, Alberta. These tests require full restaurant service skills, composure, appropriate dress and personal sommelier equipment.
Appropriate attire at this second stage is required: Female contestants should have a business suit or after-five/evening attire appropriate for a professional sommelier. Attire for male contestants is a business suit or tuxedo (black tie) appropriate for a professional sommelier.
The Regional Final phase 2 will consist of the following, EACH within a 20-minute time frame:
- The Blind Tasting test is a timed blind tasting of four wines. Scoring will be done based on the Court of Master Sommeliers deductive tasting method. Scores will be assigned for assessment by sight, nose, and palate and by initial and final conclusions of each wine.
- A station-based service performance exam, presenting, decanting and serving a mature red wine.
- A station-based service performance exam representing, opening and serving of a sparkling wine.
- A table-side wine pairing exercise, recommending appropriate wines to match a presented menu.
Competitors may be quizzed about their wine knowledge during the Service Examination.
Other Test Elements
In the spirit of keeping current with the evolving demands of a sommelier’s job, the exam may include new components from time to time that are not divulged in advance. In 2013, a wine-term pronunciation test was introduced. In 2014, cocktail service was added. Other innovations may be added.
The final results will be announced directly after the conclusion of the final competition on March 2, 2024. Results are final and not subject to review or appeal. Appeals will not be considered. All competing sommeliers at the Final Competition must attend the entire announcement and awards ceremony, to be eligible to receive an award. The announcement of the results will be recognized with photographs and press releases. The Chargée de Presse National (or representative) is responsible for all photographs and press releases to be included in the next issue of Chaine Canada Newsletter.
At the Regional Final competition, prizes will be awarded as follows:
First Place Medal
Roger Baekeand Memorial Trophy to First Place (to be displayed at winner’s business establishment for one year)
Cash prize $1000
Second Place Medal
Cash prize $500.00
Third Place Medal
Cash prize of $250.00.
The first-place contestant may progress to a Canadian National Young Sommelier competition (date and location to be determined) with the opportunity to proudly represent Canada in the International Jeunes Sommeliers Competition. This year it will be held in Calgary and the Okanagan, October 14-19, 2024, during Calgary’s 50th Anniversary Grand Chapitre.
All participants in the final competition must agree in advance, as a condition of their eligibility to compete, that if they are invited to advance to a higher level of the competition, they are committed to doing so. A sommelier who has participated in the national competition and is subsequently invited to represent the Chaîne Canada to compete in the Chaîne International Young Sommeliers competition (Concours International des Jeunes Sommeliers), agrees upon applying to compete to do so. Expenses for the Canadian winner to attend internationally are paid by the Chaîne. The 2024 International Competition will be held October 14-19, 2024, in Calgary and the Okanagan. Competitors must make sure that they do not have any date conflicts for the time period, October 14-19, 2024, so that if invited by the Chaîne Canada to compete they will be available to do so.
Fotoaufnahmen: Young Sommeliers Competition, CHAINE DES ROTISSEURS, Vaduz, Liechtenstein.
Lauf der 16 besten Sommeliers der Welt durch das Städtle in Vaduz.
Foto: ©Paul J. Trummer
© 2023 Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, Ltd.