Gosset Matchmakers

Champagne Gosset is reaching out to all chefs and sommeliers as they declare Gosset Matchmakers 2021 is now open for entries.

The competition, now in its sixth year, represents the pinnacle of Champagne and gastronomy pairing. This year’s competition looks set to be even bigger and better than ever, with a new partnership established with The Sommelier Collective, and Le Cordon Bleu London standing firmly at its side. The competition recognises and awards up-and-coming sommelier and chef partnerships who create perfect food and wine pairings in restaurants and other eateries all over the country.

This year Champagne Gosset has set the bar high, with a challenge to create an innovative dish to match with one of Gosset’s core champagnes.  Entrants can choose to focus on either Gosset Grande Reserve or Gosset Grand Blanc de Blancs, ensuring the champagne is a perfect match with the creation they choose to present.

The competition is open to sommeliers and chefs teams who have no more than five years professional work (or furloughed) experience in the UK trade. They do not have to be working together in same establishment to enter, but can pair up with someone from a different place of work and apply as a team. 

Competition Entry Packs

All entrants will be required to share a simple video of their dish and wine pairing, tagging #gossetmatchmakers, being as creative as they like.  Applicants will receive a Champagne Gosset entry pack which also includes a bottle of the two focus Champagnes to experiment with, and lots of Gosset goodies to utilize for their video entry.

Video entries must be shared on social media by Friday 9 July, after which a short-list of five finalists will be invited to prepare and present their pairings to a panel of high-profile expert judges from across the industry. The 2021 judging panel will be compered and chaired by Matthieu Longuere MS, Wine Director at Le Cordon Bleu London, alongside representatives from Champagne Gosset, Louis Latour Agencies, The Sommelier Collective as well as high profile Sommeliers and Chefs.

The title of Gosset Matchmaker 2021 will be bestowed on the winning team and they will join the ever-growing list of competition alumni. Along with the title, the winners will receive a Gosset goody bag containing a magnum of Gosset champagne and  an all-expenses-paid, once-in-a-lifetime trip to Gosset to take part in an exclusive vins clairs blending workshop with Gosset’s cellar master Odilon de Varine. 

Closing date to apply for a competition pack is 30 June 2021.

Entrants must upload their video entry on social media before end of Friday 9 July, 2021.

Finalists will be announced in July 2021 and the ‘live’ final will take place on Tuesday 14th September 2021.

The Finalists of the Gosset Matchmakers 2020

HOW DOES IT WORK?

  1. Sommeliers and chefs (with less than 5 years working in the trade) from across the UK are invited to apply for the competition.
  2. Up to 30 teams will receive a competition pack by post. Each pack will contain information about Gosset’s specific wine-making practices, the wine style and the various cuvées; two Champagne Gosset wines; and a range of display items for entrants to utilise. The two wines chosen this year are: Gosset Grande Reserve and Gosset Grand Blanc de Blancs.
  3. Each team must use their knowledge and the contents of the competition pack to prepare one dish, paired with one of the wines provided and share a short video on social media tagging #gossetmatchmakers explaining the food and wine pairing.
  4. Five teams will then be chosen to take part in the final in London on Tuesday 14 September at CORD by Le Cordon Bleu. The teams selected for the final will have presented unique and exciting combinations highlighting the artisan qualities of both the champagne and their dish. At the final they must work as a team to prepare their dish and then present the match to the panel of judges. And, the five finalists will also have to think on their feet. For the final at CORD by Le Cordon Bleu London, each team will be given a ‘mystery box’ of ingredients, to spontaneously create a dish that pairs brilliantly with a Gosset Champagne (to be revealed on the day).

THE PRIZE

A money can’t-buy-trip to Champagne Gosset for an exclusive “behind the scenes” immersion into the Gosset world, including an exclusive blending session with Odilon de Varine Cellar Master. 

Now in its fifth year, the Gosset Matchmakers competition is fully established as a top event in the calendar for young sommeliers and chefs. Finalists and winners will benefit from an extensive media PR campaign.

THE 2020 FINALISTS

The Fordwich Arms, Kent – Sommelier Elliott Ashton-Konig and sous chef Kieran Bellerby
The Fat Duck, Berkshire – Sommelier Nikos Emner and chef Dawid Koszykowsk
Fischer’s Baslow Hall, Derbyshire – Sommelier Matthew Davison and chef Alice Hill
L’Enclume, Cumbria – Sommelier Lise Donier-Meroz and chef Kieran McGarrigle

sommelier Joshua Castle and chef Myles Donaldson
Noble Rot, London
Will Oatley, managing director, Louis Latour Agencies

The 2020 winners are Sommelier Joshua Castle and chef Myles Donaldson for Calves brains, seared in brown butter with lardo di Colonnata, fresh cobnuts and Champagne vinegar served with Grand Rosé which they served at a slightly warmer ‘white wine’ temperature (10-13 degrees). With the mystery box, they created a dish of poached leg of guinea fowl and trompette mushrooms to pair with 12 ANS DE CAVE a minima brut. The judges’ comments: “Original, creative and a perfect foil for the Champagne…”, “ It was a wine and food pairing where the whole was truly greater than its parts…”, “worked really well at bringing out a hint of saltiness in the wine….”.

2021 Entry Form

About your team


About your restaurant

Submit your application

Once you have submitted your details you will be contacted to provide delivery details for your Competition Pack.

This competition is only open to UK based sommeliers and chefs.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us: info@sommeliercollective.uk

Images taken by Miles Willis