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Finalists for Wine Scholarship by Le Cordon Bleu Announced

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Finalists for Wine Scholarship by Le Cordon Bleu Announced


Le Cordon Bleu London have announced the 12 finalists who have made it to the last round of the Wine Scholarship by Le Cordon Bleu, competing for a chance to win a place on the renowned Diploma in Wine, Gastronomy and Management, a once in a lifetime opportunity for the most ardent wine enthusiasts.


Following two the semi-final which was held online in June, 12 contestants have been selected to join compete in the final on 29th July at the institute in Holborn, London. Finalists will complete an interview with Le Cordon Bleu London’s Wine Development Manager and Master Sommelier, Matthieu Longuere, and fellow industry experts, alongside a written challenge designed to gauge their passion for the topic.

Once the final challenges and judging are complete, there will be an award ceremony to crown the winner, followed by a drink’s reception.

The institute is searching for aspiring wine professionals with a genuine passion for the industry, to give them the chance to follow their dreams and aspirations. An impressive list of partners are involved in the scholarship, including Louis Latour, Gusbourne, Smith & Sheth, Pyramid Valley, Viu Manent, Banfi, HIDE and Hedonism. The winner will be awarded a place on the Diploma in Wine, Gastronomy and Management, with exclusively curated internship placements following completion. The six-month diploma provides an in-depth knowledge of wine, its integration with gastronomy and their management within a commercial environment. The programme is led by Matthieu and features guest lectures from leading names in the wine and hospitality industry.


“Following completion of the diploma, the scholarship winner will go on to take part in an exclusively curated internship programme. The three-month internship features placements at HIDE and Hedonism Wines, giving the winner experience working in both restaurant and retail wine, and the opportunity to apply their newly gained knowledge in a real-world setting.”


In addition to the diploma and internship, the winner will receive a wealth of wine-based prizes from the scholarship partners. Guests at the event will have the opportunity to discover some of the wonderful products from the partners, as they enjoy drinks and canapes at a reception hosted by Le Cordon Bleu.


Key details:

Date: Friday 29th July

Event starts: 6:30pm

Winner announced: 7:15-7:30pm (TBC exact timing). The final itself will be from 12pm-5pm.


About Le Cordon Bleu

Le Cordon Bleu is the leading global network of culinary arts and hospitality management institutes steeped in history with a rich heritage spanning over 120 years. The school maintains its global presence with 35 schools in more than 20 countries, training over 20,000 students of more than 100 different nationalities every year. Traditional French culinary techniques remain at the heart of Le Cordon Bleu, but its academic programmes are constantly adapted to include new, innovative technologies required to suit the growing needs of the hospitality industry. The London institute offers a large range of programmes from short courses, certificates and professional diplomas covering cuisine, pâtisserie, wine, nutrition and management, to undergraduate and postgraduate courses in culinary arts and hospitality management.

About HIDE

Hailed by the media as one of the most eagerly awaited restaurants of 2018, HIDE is a joint project between Hedonism Wines and Ollie Dabbous. Opened in April 2018, within six months it had been awarded a Michelin star as well as a coveted five stars in the Evening Standard. Located at 85 Piccadilly, HIDE enjoys incredible views over Green Park and offers a relaxed and holistic setting in which to savour seasonal cooking at its best, complemented by the UK’s most comprehensive wine list.

In total HIDE can offer an incredible 6,800 different vintages. HIDE also offers a collection of separate private dining rooms. The Broken Room, The Shadow Room and The Reading Room are all located in subterranean vaults, serve up to six people, and offer food from the ground floor. The Hide & Seek Room on the mezzanine offers a private dining experience for up to 20 people, serving dishes from Above at HIDE.

About Hedonism Wines

Established in August 2012 and located in the heart of London’s Mayfair, Hedonism is a fine wine and spirits boutique which has already become the most talked about wine project of recent times.

The UK’s best buyers have sourced around 6,500 wines and 3,000 spirits, taking the crème de la crème from each region of the world whilst carefully checking the provenance of every bottle. From classics including the Macallan 1946 Select Reserve, Highland Park 50YO, Ararat Noyan Tapan 70YO and a magnum of Domaine de la Romanée Conti Romanée Conti 1966 to a vast collection of the outrageous and quirky Sine Qua Non, a complete vertical of Masseto, Torbreck The Laird 2006 in a spectacular 27-litre bottle & a whole host of old and rare liqueurs, gins and vodkas.

About Gusbourne

From the moment it planted its first vines in 2004, the vision has been to create the finest vintage wines using grapes exclusively from its own vineyards.

Growing the highest quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes across the Gusbourne Estate, with 60 hectares in Appledore, Kent and 30 hectares next to the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex, these are predominantly Burgundian clones which yield smaller volumes of intensely flavourful fruit. It thrives in the UK’s unique microclimates and this exceptional produce is the vital first ingredient in making award-winning sparkling wines, all crafted using the traditional method.

About Maison Louis Latour

The Latour family have grown vines in the villages of Aloxe-Corton, Burgundy since 1768. A négociant business was soon founded in 1797 and has been based in Beaune since 1867. The business has been passed through the family for generations. The eleventh generation is Louis-Fabrice Latour who currently runs the company.

The company owns a substantial Côte d’Or domaine, which includes the largest single holding of grand cru vineyards in Burgundy and has operations further afield in Beaujolais, Ardèche and Var.

Environmentally sound working practices have been at the heart of the business for many years, with formal projects looking at sustaining and improving the environment in place since the 1990s. Louis Latour has had ISO 14001 certification for Environmental Management Systems since 2003 and are co-founders of the Paysages du Corton association.

Maison Louis Latour will be providing the winner of the Wine Scholarship by Le Cordon Bleu a mixed case of Burgundy wines from the Côte d’Or.

About Smith & Sheth

Smith & Sheth is a contemporary négociant inspired by the original French négociants and British merchants who worked, using their connections, to create expert wines.

Steve Smith MW has a formidable reputation in the wine industry and Brian Sheth is an investor and wildlife conservationist with a strong love for New Zealand. They share a love of fine wine and in 2014 realised their dream and began building on over 35 years spent forging relationships. Smith & Sheth hand select only the best fruit from exceptional vineyards, then nurture, blend and bottle wines that express the beauty and character of a place, and the passion of its people under the CRU label.

Smith & Sheth will be providing the winner of the Wine Scholarship by Le Cordon Bleu with a mentoring session from Steve Smith MW.

About Pyramid Valley Vineyard

Pyramid Valley is one of New Zealand’s great wine estates where altitude, limestone, slope, rock and rich soils meet to produce profound Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The story began at the turn of the 21st century when the vineyard was established and developed over two decades by the founders Mike and Claudia Weersing.

In 2017 Pyramid Valley passed into the hands of Steve Smith MW and Brian Sheth. Steve and Brian are building on the work done by the Weersings to fulfil the full potential of the site. In 2018 they purchased a second vineyard in Lowburn, Central Otago now called Manata Estate, an established vineyard that has produced exceptional Pinot Noir since 2002 Staying true to the estate’s founding principles, both sites are managed following the principals of biodynamic viticulture and the winemaking follows natural principles.

Pyramid Valley will be providing the winner of the Wine Scholarship by Le Cordon Bleu a mixed case of Pyramid Valley and Smith & Sheth wines.

About Viu Mament

Viu Manent was founded in 1935 by Catalan immigrant family and is one of the longest established producers in Colchagua. They initially focused on a négociant wine business however, in 1966 they fulfilled a long-held ambition and bought the Hacienda San Carlos de Cunaco which included 150 hectares of noble, pre-phylloxera vines.

Today their passion for family heritage and stewardship of the land drives them to produce wines with character that express their origin and individual growing season. Their vineyards are all located in the renowned Colchagua Valley and cover 260ha over 3 locations: San Carlos and La Capilla both located close to Santa Cruz and El Olivar located to the east in the foothills of the Coastal Range Mountains.

Viu Mament will be providing the winner of the Wine Scholarship by Le Cordon Bleu a mixed case of wines from the Colchagua Valley.

About Banfi

Banfi was founded in 1978 by the Mariani family, Italian-Americans who had been involved in wine importing and distribution since 1919. They saw huge potential in this then sleepy Tuscan region and began with the goal was to establish a point of excellence in Montalcino.

Combining a respect for tradition and the environment with state-of-the-art research and working practices they have helped to transform the region’s wines and established Banfi’s reputation in an impressively short period of time. They produce premium wines in Montalcino and beyond with a profound respect for the land and people from which they come.

The Banfi estate is the largest contiguous vineyard in Europe and includes land in Tuscany and Piedmont. Despite its size the estate is not a mono-culture with one third planted to vines, one third to olive groves, fruit trees and other crops and the remaining third woodland.

Banfi will be providing the winner of the Wine Scholarship by Le Cordon Bleu a mixed case of wines from Montalcino.

About Louis Latour Agencies

Louis Latour Agencies was founded in July 1990 and is the UK subsiduary of Burgundy wine house, Louis Latour. In the early days it just represented the wines of Maison Louis Latour. Over the years the portfolio developed and agencies were added, firstly from France and then from New World countries. Today, it represents 14 producers of still and sparkling wines and Cognac from France, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Chile.

Its philosophy has been to deal with family producers who represent something special in the area in which they work. As part of a family business that stretches back over two hundred years, it believes that the core values associated with this underpins the way it operates in the UK. In an increasingly homogenised world, it believes that personality and individuality, in both the wines and the producers that make them, are more valuable characteristics than volume and price.

In the UK, it is proud to work with some of the best independent retailers, wholesalers, restaurants and hotels in the country. Its wines are available from various sources to all sectors of the market.

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