International Young Sommelier of the Year - Clement Robert of Summer Lodge Country House Hotel Restaurant and Spa takes top honours

  • Date: Tuesday, 09 November 2010

On Saturday 24th October Clement Robert, of Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa, emerged as winner of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs International Young Sommelier of the Year competition in Santander, Northern Spain. Competing against eleven others, who were each winners of their own national competitions, Clement held his nerve to lift the trophy.

Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, an international gastronomic society founded in Paris in 1950, is devoted to promoting fine dining and preserving the camaraderie and pleasures of the table. It is based on the traditions and practices of the old French royal guild of goose roasters. With a written history dating back to 1248, and granted a royal charter in 1610, it is a very venerable organisation and its awards are much coveted.

Clement started out as a trainee sommelier at a Michelin starred restaurant in the Loire, then became Assistant Head Sommelier of the Hotel Du Vin in Brighton, then Winchester, before becoming Head Sommelier of the Hotel Du Vin in Cambridge. In July 2009 he became Assistant Sommelier to Eric Zwiebel, Master Sommelier, at the five star Summer Lodge, a member of Relais & Châteaux.

Commenting on the event Clement says “The questions were very tough, very challenging. Also the other contestants were of an extremely high standard. The representative from the USA, who was placed second, he came third in their senior competition this year. And the person representing China, he is something of a celebrity back in his home country, so I was delighted to win against such fierce competition.”

Clement’s success is just one of several prestigious awards that have been showered on Summer Lodge this year. It was voted one of the best three hotels in the UK for food in the 2010 Condé Nast Traveller Gold List and winner of the 'Best British Cheeseboard 2010' by The British Cheese Awards.

Commenting on Clement’s success, General Manager of Summer Lodge, Charles Lotter says that “Everyone here at Summer Lodge is delighted for Clement – it’s great to see his hard work and study bringing him the success he deserves. It also underlines the fact that there are some very talented people on the team here and it is a great testament to Red Carnation’s unswerving dedication to helping every member of staff achieve their full potential. If we are to deliver on our promise to guests that “No request is too large, no detail too small” then we not only need to attract excellent staff but do everything we can to help them fulfill their ambitions.”

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