Moët UK Sommelier of the Year: Kathrine Larsen

Kathrine Larsen: this year's Moët UK Sommelier of the Year

Earlier this year former Zuma head sommelier Kathrine Larsen was crowned the Moët UK Sommelier of the Year 2014. It was Kathrine’s fourth year of trying with intense competition from all the entrants, including runners-up Loic Avril, of The Fat Duck, Bray, and Tanguy Martin of Hotel TerraVina, Hampshire.

Here Kathrine tells the Academy of Food & Wine Service what it means to have won the competition.

What did winning the competition mean to you?

It fills me with a huge sentiment of pride and joy to be Moët UK Sommelier of the Year 2014. At the same time it was combined with a sentiment of relief – after several years of hard work, sacrifices, dedication and preparation.
Having watched other competitors win the title in the past, I am so delighted to finally be a part of the hall of fame.
It still feels a bit unreal and it will take me a bit of time to realize that I finally achieved one of my long time goal.

What was it like competing in the final?
It was very intense and stressful, competing in front of a live audience of 100 people is really tough especially when you have so many top people from our industry present in the crowd. But between Loic, Tanguy and myself there was a sane, relaxed and supportive atmosphere, making it all very enjoyable.

How do you think winning will help you win your new career?
Due to the amazing exposure of the competition,  it will raise my profile, and it will certainly help me expand my contact list and develop new markets for the company I am currently working for. It will help me continue meeting more of the great people of the wine world to learn and be inspired by them. In the long term, I also hope that this title could help me achieve one of my greatest goals, which is writing a book.

  • AFWS will begin the search for the Moët UK Sommelier of the Year 2015 later this year.