An invitation to chefs, restaurateurs and their customers across the UK to submit what they consider are the best pairings of food and California wines.
Open to teams of two participants; one chef and one sommelier.
Each entry should detail a three-course menu with each course matched to a specific California wine currently available in the UK. Teams will propose three courses from the following five options: First course, Second course, Main course, Dessert* and Cheese course.
(*The late Margrit Mondavi always used to say that California Pinot was the ideal accompaniment to chocolate so we would love this combination to be considered)
The menu and wine choice pairings must be submitted with a short description of the courses and why the selected wine makes a great pairing.
This competition is now closed
THE JUDGING PROCESS
From 3rd August 2021 Judges will receive a copy of all the entries via a shared Dropbox folder.
Judging concluded in september and the top 5 entries as selected by the Judges will form our Shortlisted Teams of Chef and Sommelier (the “Finalists”).
The Finalists were invited to cook their menus with matching wines for the Judges on 27th September.
The Finalists will receive £200 to cover their cooking expenses during the final.
The overall winner will be announced in October
Trip to California for the winning chef and sommelier including restaurant and winery visits and a stage at a top California restaurant.
4 x Finalist Prizes
A 12-bottle case of super-premium California wine.
Thank you very much for registering your interest.