Unlike other sommelier competitions, the Thailand’s Best Sommelier Competition is a four-level exam.
First round contestants have to answer 100 wine questions and a wine essay.
The second round consists of an additional 100 questions with wine list correction, and wine and food pairing.
In the third round, all contestants have to go through a telephone interview with an international judge testing both their international wine knowledge and their command of English.
After the three rounds, the top 15 scorers will be selected to enter the final round for a two-day exam held at the Grand Ballroom, the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok.
The first day of the exam consists of a written exam of 60 wine questions (no multiple choice), blind tasting and comment on beverages, wine list correction and wine and food pairing. Contestants are required to perform in English in front of an audience.
The second day of the exams consists of Champagne service, red wine service. The exams are set up in a restaurant environment, and again contestants have to perform in English in front of an audience.
The seventh edition of the prestigious annual ‘Thailand’s Best Sommelier Competition’ will again be held at the Grand Ballroom, the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok on 1-2 October.
The winner and the two runners-up of the Thailand’s Best Sommelier Competition 2014 will be announced at the “Bangkok Grand Wine Tasting and Cocktail Reception”, which will be held on the evening of Thursday 2, October 2014.
Mr. Joe Sriwarin, President of the Thailand Sommelier Association, said “We had to postpone the sommelier events from June to October due to the political conflict. Now life has completely returned back to normal, thanks to military intervention.
We’re expecting more contestants from top hotels and restaurants around the country to enter the first round of the competition than the previous year, this is because the demand for sommelier is much greater now. Also most important is the point that hotels and restaurants are more willing to pay much higher salaries to those who are better qualified.
This year’s competition will once again be raised to a much higher level. We would like to see more Thai sommeliers travel and work abroad. For them to do so, they must raise their skills set to a higher level of international services and wine knowledge”.
The applications for the 2014 competition are being sent to hotels, restaurants and wine businesses nationwide – please note that only Thai citizens are eligible to enter the competition, and it is free of charge to candidates and employers.