On Wednesday December 8th, the annual UK Habanosommelier final was held at Hunters & Frankau Limited London head offices.
Three finalists from some of the leading cigar friendly restaurants and hotels, with outdoor cigar areas, arrived to face a tough day of competition. The prize at stake was an all expenses paid trip to Cuba to represent the UK at the International HabanoSommelier final during the 13th Habanos Festival (February 21st to February 25th 2011) in Havana.
Although the competition was strong and all of the contestants had their individual merits, at the end of a tough day’s assessment the judges, Hunters & Frankau’s Sean Croley (General Manager for Sales & Marketing), Simon Chase (ex- Marketing Director of H&F) and Ignacio Balmaseda (H&F’s Cuban Corporate Director), came to a unanimous decision to award Jeremy Pascal (Hotel du Vin, Poole) with the coveted title. His strong written exam coupled with an in depth knowledge of Cuban cigars and exemplary cigar service carried the day.
Twenty-six year old Parisian, Jeremy Pascal, has been with the Hotel du Vin group for six years and is now Head Sommelier at their Poole hotel.
Everyone at the Cigar Smokers Club wishes him the best of luck in his attempt to bring the trophy back to the UK.
For further information visit http://cigars.co.uk/news/2010-uk-habanosommelier-crowned.