Johannesburg – Gaggenau South Africa has announced the five finalists who
will be competing in the first-ever South African Gaggenau Sommelier
Awards on 23 and 24 May in Cape Town.
After receiving CVs, and completed questionnaires, from aspiring sommeliers
from across the country, Gaggenau, in association with South African
Sommeliers Association (SASA), have selected their top five successful
The young sommeliers in the finals are Juliet Urquhart, Wikus Human, James
Mukosi, Pardon Taguzu and Joakim Hansi Blackadder.
These talented wine professionals will take part in the two-day competition,
which takes place at the Gaggenau Showroom, in the Cape Town BSH
Experience Centre. Their skills and knowledge will be pushed to the limit, in the search for the winning young sommelier.
“We are incredibly excited to host South Africa’s first Gaggenau Sommelier
Awards. A celebration of the discipline, art, passion and appreciation of wine
and wine making, this competition is an opportunity to not only promote the
skills of young sommeliers locally, but to give them the opportunity to represent South Africa on an international level,” says Elizabete Nelson, Gaggenau Communications Manager in South Africa.
The winner of this year’s Gaggenau South Africa Sommelier competition will
automatically qualify for the International Gaggenau Sommelier Awards that will take place in Beijing, China later this year. Here, the winner will compete against multi-talented sommeliers from around the globe and show off their wine mastery and erudition.
Astute industry leaders, including Higgo Jacobs, Abigail Donnelly, Michael
Crossley and Jean-Pierre Rossouw, will panel the judging for this year’s local
Zimbabwean born James Mukosi is a self-motivated, devoted sommelier who
has been making waves in the restaurant industry in South Africa. He is
currently the Assistant Sommelier at Rust en Vrede Restaurant in Stellenbosch.
Joakim Hansi Blackadder was born and raised in Sweden, where he also
started his sommelier studies and career. He moved to South Africa in 2008 and is currently one of the Managing Partners for Somm Hospitality Enterprises in Stellenbosch.
Juliet Urquhart is currently the Beverage Manager and Sommelier at the Royal
Portfolio Silo Hotel and, since 2008, has lived out her passion at some of South Africa’s most acclaimed hotels and restaurants.
Pardon Taguzu is currently a Sommelier at Aubergine Restaurant and Auslese
Function Venue in Cape Town. He is a passionate and dedicated young
sommelier who has been honing his craft since 2015.
Wikus Human is currently living his passion as a Sommelier at David Higgs’
acclaimed Marble Restaurant in Rosebank, Johannesburg. This young
sommelier has been continuously striving to sharpen his knowledge and skills