8th Annual StarChefs Somm Slam

8th Annual StarChefs Somm Slam



 

Sniff, Slurp, & Spit Your Way to Victory at the 8th Annual Somm Slam!
 
Are you ready to uncork your inner juice nerd? Join us for the Somm Slam at the 12th Annual International Chefs Congress in Brooklyn, where you can go head to head with somms from across the country in a real-time food and wine pairing competition.
 
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Who: 
 
America’s top sommeliers—12 competitors, 50 industry judges, and the one and only Fred Dexheimer, MS as emcee —will have the opportunity to participate. Plus, everyone gets a free 3-day pass.
 
What:
 
A competition that showcases what you do best: pair food and wine (with some blind tasting and theory thrown in for good measure).
 
When: 
 
October 23 and 24, 2017
 
Where: 
 
StarChefs 12th Annual International Chefs Congress at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
 
Why:
 
Lots of somm camaraderie plus passes to ICC, including complimentary access to beverage workshops. Last year’s winner, Ryan Arnold of Lettuce Entertain You, walked away with trips to Chile, Italy, and France, a Magnum of Premier Cru Château Haut-Brion, passes to this year’s ICC with a reserved spot as a Somm Slam judge, and bragging rights for a full year. 
 
So put down your wine list, dust off ye ole atlas (Dex doesn't mess around!), and apply for the 2017 Somm Slam. Competitor slots are open to sommeliers and beverage directors. You must apply by Wednesday, June 30, 2017. Competitors will be announced July 17, 2017.
 
How: 
 
DAY 1: Corkscrews sharpened, Day 1 kicks off with 12 somms answering rapid-fire theory questions. After showing off their nerdiest wine knowledge, competitors split into two groups, and a special guest chef presents a dish designed to flummox the pairing skills of each group. Then the race is on to the wine cellar to select your best pairing and return to the audience of judges to sell, sell, sell. The six somms who display the most poise and knowledge in defending their pairing move on to Day 2.
 
DAY 2: Getting cut-throat quickly, a blind tasting immediately eliminates one competitor. The remaining five somms are then grilled on esoteric wine trivia, with only the top four moving on, plunging into two more rounds of pairings with dishes from another guest chef. The somm with the biggest (wine-soaked) brain, best palate, and that little extra soigné, wins the day, saboring the 8th Annual Somm Slam title.
 
Somm Slam Official Terms & Conditions
 

The Somm Slam is open to wine professionals including sommeliers and beverage directors. Applicants submitted an online application to be considered. Selection is determined by StarChefs and is based on work experience, pairing philosophy, and examples of specific wine pairings. Those chosen to judge receive a complimentary pass to all three days of the 11th Annual StarChefs International Chefs Congress ($550 value). Each judge and competitor are responsible for any and all travel and lodging expenses.

​12 competitors will compete on Day 1. The top 6 competitors from Day 1 will advance to Day 2. Judges will be responsible for tasting a sample of the dish and wine pairings chosen by each contestant. Judges will list their feedback on a ballot provided by StarChefs, and cast their votes for the most successful pairing.