The Court of Master Sommeliers Australia has announced the results of its Introductory and Certified Examinations held in Melbourne this February, with 26 students achieving the title of Introductory Sommelier and 12 students achieving the title of Certified Sommelier.
The 2018 Melbourne Riedel Certified Sommelier Dux was awarded to Thibaut Broussier.
The intensive education and examination programme guides aspiring Masters through four increasingly rigorous levels of coursework and examination, culminating in the Master Sommelier Diploma Examination.
Frank Moreau MS said mentorship plays a significant role in the Court of Master Sommeliers ethos.
“We now have five Master Sommeliers residing in Australia who have been mentored by Master Sommeliers both within Australia and overseas.”
“In turn, there are a number of Advanced Sommelier Certificate graduates who have played an important role in mentoring this year’s intake of Introductory and Certified students.”
The first Court of Master Sommelier courses were held in Australia in 2008.
“It shows that our efforts to continue the growth of the Court of Master Sommeliers and the Sommelier profession in Australia are yielding results”
Since then in Australia over 1000 students have participated in the examinations resulting in: 646 Introductory Sommelier graduates, 285 Certified Sommelier graduates, 32 Advanced Level Master Sommeliers and just five who have attained the title of Master Sommelier: Franck Moreau MS (Merivale), Sebastian Crowther MS (Rockpool Dining Group), Benjamin Hasko MS (Luxury Beverage Group), Adrian Filiuta (Merivale) and Jonathan Ross (Consultant).
Worldwide there are currently just 249 Sommeliers who have gained the highly-coveted title of Master Sommelier.
Ben Hasko MS said the Court of Master Sommeliers Australia are starting to see students come through who’ve had mentoring through prior CMS graduates.
“It shows that our efforts to continue the growth of the Court of Master Sommeliers and the Sommelier profession in Australia are yielding results.”
2018 Sydney Course Dates and Locations*
* (All Levels fully booked, waitlist only)
Introductory Sommelier Certificate – April 15 – 17
Certified Examination – April 17
Advanced Sommelier Certificate – August 5 – 9