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The 2015 Best Craftsmen of France


Just over two months after the final organised in Ecully, the sommeliers laureates received their medal in the prestigious setting of the Parisian university with as much emotion as happiness.

The protocol is such, as a wait of a few weeks is needed after the results of the competition “Un des Meilleurs Ouvriers de France” (MOF - one of the best craftsmen in France) are announced to see the laureates receive their medal which symbolises the obtaining of this diploma. The 225 professionals representing about a hundred different trades who are deserving to wear the French collar were then welcomed in the great amphitheater of La Sorbonne, in Paris, on the 16th of April of this year.

If the hotel and restaurant trade (thus the sommeliers) are in the group 1, the organisers of this ceremony decided to start in the opposite order and started this prize-giving ceremony with … dog grooming. Therefore, Romain Iltis, Pascal Paulze, Philippe Troussard and Denis Verneau had to wait patiently for a long time before being called on stage. A little earlier, about 15 well-known figures received the very symbolic medal as Honoris Causa. A promotion in which Philippe Faure-Brac was present this year. The Best Sommelier of the World 1992 received it to mark his commitment as president of the competition sommellerie class. Alain Ducasse, in charge of the Chef MOF, was part of the promotion as well.

At last called onto the stage, the four musketeers of the French sommelerie were able to show their beaming smiles under the gaze of Pierre de Pascal, Descartes or even Diderot.

During the evening, they were hosting the Wine Business Club, at the Pavillon Ledoyen, on the Champs-Elysees. In front of a select audience of CEOs passionate abot wine, the new MOF were able to introduce themsel­ves and talk about the prestigious competition.

Jean Bernard