Mary O’ Callaghan with Gérard Basset OBE

The Irish Guild of Sommeliers held the competition to find the Best Sommelier in Ireland  in The  Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club, 9, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2 on Tuesday 2nd October 2012  . The winner Julie Dupouy, Fallon and Byrne Restaurant,Dublin will represent Ireland at the Best Sommelier in the World Competition which will be held in Japan in March 2013. The Council of the Guild were delighted to have Mr. Gerard Basset, MS, MW, Bordeaux Wine MBA, O.B.E., Best Sommelier in the World 2010, on the panel of judges for the final among many other celebrities.The competition was great success.Thanks to the following sponsors: Classic Drinks, Searsons Wines and Stafford Lynch.

The candidates with President Mary O' Callaghan

it Díarmuid Cawley, 1st runner up, Mary O’ Callaghan,  Guild President, Julie Dupouy, winner, Andrzej Dasiak,2nd runner up and Declan Byrne President Bartenders Association of Ireland one of the judges.

Andrew O' Gorman presenting Mary O' Callaghan Guild President with Certificate of Appreciation

Giuseppe A. Pariani, Frescobaldi Wines, Mary O' Callaghan, Díarmuid Cawley,1st Runner Up, Terence Kenny, Champagne Pannier. Diarmuid Cawley, a recent graduate of DIT’s Culinary Arts programme was awarded Silver Medal at Ireland’s Best Sommelier Competition. Diarmuid is employed as manager and wine consultant at the renowned Fallon & Byrne Restaurant, Food Hall and Wine Bar. He will shortly commence his Masters in Antropology at London City University.Diarmuid competed against the crème de la crème of Ireland’s Sommeliers to claim the silver medal in the Best Sommelier in Ireland Competition held recently. The candidates competed in the various tests designed to test their product knowledge and demonstrate their practical ability in a restaurant context/scenario. The jury panel consisted of journalists and gastronomic critics, the President of the Irish Guild of Sommeliers Mary O’ Callaghan, and the current holder of the World’s Best Sommelier and “Association de la Sommellerie International” judge Gérard Basset.

Mary O' Callaghan making a presentation to Nina Basset

Gérard Basset,ASI Judge, Mary O' Callaghan Irish Guild of Sommeliers President, and Tony Conlon, College of Arts and Tourism, Dublin Institute of Technology and the Irish Guild of Sommeliers.

L/R Gérard Basset, ASI Judge, Giuseppe A. Pariani, Frescobaldi Wines, Donncha Curran & Una Lynch, Stafford Lynch, Julie Dupouy, Winner, Mary O’ Callaghan, Guild President, Terence Kenny, Champagne Pannier, Charles Searson, Searson Wines, Hugh Murray, Classic Drinks.


Mary O' Callaghan & Charles Searson, Searson Wines.

Andrejz Dasiak, Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, 2nd Runner Up & bronze medalist.

Catherine Griffith, Council Member, Irish Guild of Sommeliers, Gérard Basset, OBE, ASI Judge and Mary O’ Callaghan, President, Irish Guild of Sommeliers.

Andrew O’ Gorman, IGS, Mary O’ Callaghan, Guild President and Declan Byrne, Judge, President Bartenders Association of Ireland.

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