Champagne Gosset invites the UK’s best chefs and sommeliers to enter the 2022 Gosset Matchmakers.
The competition, now in its seventh year, represents the pinnacle of Champagne and gastronomy pairing. This year’s competition will, once again, attract the very best contestants, with continued partnerships 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 continues to set the bar high, with a challenge to create one innovative dish to match with one of Gosset’s fine champagnes, Gosset Grande Reserve. Entrants must use Gosset Grande Reserve, 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 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 photograph or 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 will include a bottle of the focus Champagne, Gosset Grande Reserve to experiment with, and two Gosset flutes to utilise for their entry.
Video or photo entries must be shared on social media by Thursday 30 June, 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 2022 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 2022 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 23 June 2022.
Entrants must upload their video entry on social media before end of Thursday 30 June, 2022.
Finalists will be announced 1 August, 2022 and the ‘live’ final will take place on Tuesday 20th September 2022.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
- Sommeliers and chefs (with less than 5 years working in the trade) from across the UK are invited to apply for the competition.
- 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; one Champagne Gosset wine; and a set of branded glasses for entrants to utilise. The wine chosen this year is: Gosset Grande Reserve.
- 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 photograph or short video on social media tagging #gossetmatchmakers describing the dish, their inspiration and why they think it pairs with the champagne.
- Five teams will then be chosen to take part in the final in London on Tuesday 20 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).
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 seventh 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 2021 FINALISTS
- Where The Light Gets In, Stockport – Emily Klomp and Seri Nam
- Sketch: Lecture Room & Library, London – Emeline Gigaud and Francesco Di Flumeri
- The Game Bird at The Stafford, London – Davide Santeramo and Marco d’Andrea
- Fischer’s Baslow Hall, Chesterfield – Matthew Davison and Adam Eyre
- The Creameries, Manchester – Emily-Rose Lucas and Vic Watkins
- City Social, London – Ljudmila Bobik and Adam Cowie
- 67 Pall Mall, London – Lucy Meza-Ortega and Sammy Benouhoud
The 2021 winners were Matthew Davison and Adam Eyre from Fischers, Baslow Hall, Derbyshire. They presented Hand-dived Orkney scallop with nori salt, baked celeriac, fermented ceps, XO sauce, umeboshi furikake and paired it with Gosset Blanc de Blanc. A combination of their restaurant’s increasing Japanese/Asian influence, but with a seasonal, earthy, autumnal twist, the Fischers’ team’s signature dish held together well. Julien Cointreau was not the only one to appreciate the fact that he could clearly taste all the flavours – and that it worked very well with their chosen Blanc de Blancs. ‘A lot of thought went into this match,’ said judge Svet Manolev MS. ‘The use of the celeriac in the stock really works with the blanc de blancs. The whole thing is incredibly good.’