The title of the World's Best Sommelier goes to 31 year old Swede, Jon Arvid Rosengren following the 15th finals held by A.S.I (Association de la Sommellerie Internationale) in Mendoza, Argentina, last night.
French born Julie Dupouy from Ireland and David Biraud from France were named as runners-up to Rosengren, making Dupouy the second woman ever to achieve a top three finish.
After a demanding three day competition with 61 sommeliers from 58 countries, 15 semi-finalists were reduced to the trio who faced off in a gruelling final challenge on stage in front of 500 enthusiastic spectators.
Rosengren made a jubilant and gracious thank you speech to grand applause, "Wow that was unexpected. It really felt like a very very tough final and I did not expect to be the winner."
Jon Arvid Rosengren lifts the title from Swiss Paolo Basso who was crowned three years ago in Tokyo. Rosengren is no stranger to winning having already taken the crown of Best Sommelier in Europe in 2013.
The 15 Semi-Finalists:
Gareith Ferreira (South Africa), Paz Levinson (Argentina), Elyse Lambert (Canada), Christian Jacobsen (Denmark), Heidi Mäkinen (Finland), David Biraud (France), Julie Dupouy (Ireland), Hiroshi Ishida (Japan), Satoru Mori (Japan), Raimonds Tomsons (Latvia), Henrik Dahl Jahnsen (Norway), Piotr Pietras (Poland), Rassadkin Aleksander (Russia), Jon Arvid Rosengren (Sweden), Robert Andersson (Sweden).