To Participate as a Competitor

The Jeunes Sommeliers Competition is open to any individual who meets the principles of the Competition as set out in the Preface and who:

  • Is sponsored by an active Professional member of la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. Said Professional being a member of the Chaîne in good standing for at least two months.
  • Has an interest in the wine and crafted beverage industry and who must file an application with the designated person in the participating country.
  • Is at least 21 (twenty-one) years of age and will not be older than 28 (twenty-eight) on the advertised start date of the International Final in the year in which he/she is participating.

The selected candidate will be notified of the time and place to take the qualifying test. Guidelines for what can be expected in the test will be published each year.

To attain the distinction of being selected as the Chaîne’s Best Junior Sommelier of the Year at the International Final, the candidate must successfully progress through tests conducted at the Regional or National level for selecting the best qualified individual representing their country.

An individual shall not compete more than THREE times in a Regional or a National or an International Competition. This is provided of course that they are selected to do so by their Bailliage and that they fulfil the maximum age requirement together with the other rules governing entry into the Competition. In any case, the winner of an International Final of the Competition shall not be able to participate further.

All competitors at the International Final are required to attend and participate in official Competition events, promotional events and public relations’ activities relating to the Competition.

Attire for competitors is as appropriate for a Professional Sommelier in a high quality restaurant.

To be encouraged is the competitors networking with the Professional and Non-Professional Chaîne members at the events.