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The Jury

Organizing Committee

Brian K JULYAN MS

Brian K JULYAN MS

Bailliage of Great Britain
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Officier Maître Sommelier, Bailliage of Great Britain
President and Chief Financial Officer, Court of Master Sommeliers Europe
Brian gained his Master Sommelier qualification in 1972, after which he proposed the formation of the Court which was ultimately established in 1977. A professional consultant and educator, Brian has worked in all areas of the hospitality industry as well as being a chief examiner/judge for a multitude of programmes and competitions. Brian now devotes much of his time to mentoring candidates preparing for the Court’s MS exam.

Jury Members

Florent MARTIN

Florent MARTIN

Bailliage of France
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Échanson, Bailliage of France
Best Sommelier of France 2020
Florent joined the 5-star Peninsula Hotel in Paris in June 2021 as Head Sommelier previously having been at the George V. When he was 18 he moved to London where he spent a year at Claridge’s under the supervision of Chef Gordon Ramsay. Since 2010, he has pursued his passion for sommelier competitions. He is a member of the Association des Sommeliers de Paris and the Youth Committee of the Union de la Sommellerie Française (UDSF) as well as its Team France.

Stefan NEUMANN MS

Stefan NEUMANN MS

Bailliage of Great Britain
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Maître Sommelier, Bailliage of Great Britain
Master Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers Europe
Stefan joined the Michelin 2-star restaurant ‘Dinner by Heston Blumenthal’ in 2013. After 3 years at Heston’s flagship Michelin 3-star restaurant ‘The Fat Duck in Bray’ he was promoted to Head Sommelier in 2015 and since 2018 is Director of Wine for Dinner by Heston. In August 2017, Stefan became a Master Sommelier with the Court. Over the years, Stefan has been a judge at various wine competitions, putting his expertise to practice searching for the best and most appropriate rating for wines … and Sommeliers.

Helga SCHROEDER MS

Helga SCHROEDER MS

Bailliage of Germany
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Maître Sommelier, Bailliage of Germany
Master Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers Europe
Helga is the Court’s first female Master Sommelier from Germany. Over the years she has developed a diversified portfolio. With a long-standing experience both as a coach and a facilitator in the trade and hospitality business she has dedicated herself to professional hosting at presentations and to giving masterclasses. She is a sought-after consultant for wine-related businesses wishing to open new markets, to wineries wanting to develop their strategies and to hospitality venues looking for support and advice on purchasing issues.
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