Kato (18) is crowned best 'junior champagne sommelier': “Her knowledge is exceptional”

Kato Van Dijck surprised the jury members during her oral test with a daring combination. — © Alicebrown

Mechelen, Koksijde

Kato Van Dijck (18) from Mechelen has crowned herself best ‘junior champagne sommelier’ at a competition for Belgian hotel schools. “Her knowledge is exceptionally large,” says the jury. The young lady learned the tricks of the trade at hotel School Ter Duinen in Koksijde.

Sven Van Haezendonck

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at 14:29

Twelve pupils from the sixth and seventh year of eight hotel schools participated in the competition. Pass away took place during the Horeca Expo in Ghent. A jury judged them not only on their theoretical knowledge, but also on their creative thinking when it comes to fun, unexpected pairings. Of course, attention was also paid to professional knowledge and style as a top sommelier in phrasing.

Last year Kato Van Dijck was phased by Yannick De Handschieter, a professional pass away almost ten years ago kid was elected best sommelier of 2013 “I think that there is much more to gastronomy than champagne with the aperitif. It should be very feasible to add champagne to every dish. Unfortunately, I see too little happening today,” says Kato.

Champagne clash

The 18- year-old sommelier in training surprised the judges during her oral test with the presentation of a champagne clash. She combined a piece of deer calf with potato mousseline with a glass of bubbly.

” Kato is still a student, but she already has a lot of qualities that a good sommelier must possess. Her knowledge of champagne is exceptionally large. Moreover, she told a fascinating Champagne story that everyone hung on her every word,” said the jury.

Kato Van Dijck after the competition as the best ‘junior champagne sommelier’. — © Alicebrown

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