Updated: Jun 11
Following a year of disruption, the would-be class of 2022 cannot wait for their Champagne Academy time with the Houses to begin and to experience the ultimate educational course.
As the prize of a place on the Champagne Academy is so sought after, we are always fortunate to attract such an impressive array of experience and talent from across the industry. This year is no different.
Please meet the Class of 2020...2021…2022
I am a Certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers and I am currently the Head Sommelier at Pétrus by Gordon Ramsay, awarded 1 Michelin Star.
I have been in the industry for almost 10 years, since I finish my studies. School I did join because I thought it would have been cool to become a chef. However, the care and the attention of the Front of House service, add the Wine element to it, made it inevitable to step out of the kitchen.
My career has been built mainly between Milan and London, with the last important experience being the Head Sommelier at Clos Maggiore, where I was looking after a Wine list of over 2,500 bins with Wine Spectator Grand Award.
My first memory with Champagne is back to school time. I had started working with catering companies after school and I happened to take part in some very prestigious events. However, it was only during a stage (my first as commis sommelier) at the Auberge du Lac in Welwyn Garden City that I started to handle different Champagne bottles and taste them with regularity, what a discovery. Since then, I had the luck to work in places which allowed me to try any kind of Champagne and develop this passion.