|16 May 2013 by wine.co.za|
|The Sommelier Shoot-out started as an idea last year by Chef Richard Carstens from Tokara, to break away from the normal wine dinners.|
|Jaap-Henk Koelewijn, Sommelier at Tokara then approached Higgo Jacobs and Josephine Gutentoft to join Jaap-Henk Koelewijn in partaking in the Shoot-out and to test their ability to match wines to Richard’s dishes. Richard is well known for using interesting flavour combinations and textures in his food. (Not always easy to pair wine with.)
The Result was very interesting and it confirmed the fact that your perception of wine changes with food, and that everybody tastes differently.
The Sommeliers who took part in the 2nd Shoot-out in April 2013 were Jaap-Henk Koelewijn (Tokara), Higgo Jacobs (Sommelier Association of South Africa – SASA) Josephine Gutentoft (Majeka House) and Peter Melis (Solo Vino). The diners scored each pairing, and at the end of the meal the points were tallied up and the winner announced.
Results: The first course: Crayfish with avocado, almond gazpacho, confit tomato, pear veloute and apple sorbet. This was a very close call.
The second course: Salt crust roasted beetroot with potato starch daikon, ponzu, goat’s milk cheese, dashi cream and bonito.
Course three:Pork belly with mango salsa, crisp parmesan polenta, black garlic and spice lemon emulsion.Probably the most interesting of courses as every Sommelier had a different take on the dish. Higgo still described it unmatchable.
Dessert:Coconut panna cotta with coriander ice cream, cucumber sorbet, meringue, compressed cucumber and caramelised cashew nuts.Once again very interesting pairings.
At the end of the evening the scores were tallied and Defending Champion Higgo Jacobs had to hand over the prestigious Tokara Cup. Peter Melis came third with only a few points on Josephine Gutentoft. Leaving Jaap-Henk as the Sommelier with the preferred pairings on the evening.
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