Sake Sommelier of the Year Competition Lands in Kuala Lumpur for the First Time
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Sake Sommelier of the Year Competition Lands in Kuala Lumpur for the First Time

For the first time in history, the Sake Sommelier of the Year competition was held in Malaysia. The event, which took place on 25 October 2019, saw seven sake sommeliers from across the globe compete for the coveted title. The sommeliers were tested on written exams, blind tastings as well as food pairing with sake.

The sake sommeliers going through a written test.
Matthew Chan carrying out a blind taste test.
Brett Goss going through the food pairing round.

Brett Goss, associate at Sake Central Hong Kong and key account manager for Sunday’s Distribution in Hong Kong emerged the overall winner.

From left: Xavier Chapelou, Co-Founder of Saké Sommelier Association UK; Kumiko Ohta, Co-Founder of Saké Sommelier Association UK; Brett Goss, Sake Sommelier of the Year 2019; His Excellency Dr Makio Miyagawa, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia; and Danny Leong, Master Saké Sommelier and Organiser of the Sake Sommelier of the Year 2019 Competition after the awards presentation.

Other than the title, Brett also received an all-expense-paid trip to three breweries in Shiga Prefecture – Fukui Yahei Shoten, Namino Oto Shuzo and Kita Shuzo.

First runner-up went to Matthew Chan, beverage director at Singapore’s Nouri Restaurant. He received an airfare-paid trip to visit Ikeda City and two Nagano breweries, namely Daissekkei Sake Brewery and Fukugen Brewery.

Matthew Chan and Brett Goss with their awards.

Organised by the Sake Sommelier Association, the Sake Sommelier of the Year Competition is traditionally held in London, UK. Thanks to the efforts of Danny Leong, Master Sake Sommelier of The Sake Place, the event was brought to Kuala Lumpur for the first time.

Seven sake sommeliers from across the world participated in the competition.

Danny said he aims to elevate sake as an international beverage. At present, most consumers are unaware about the basics of sake. 

Danny hopes to change this by educating the public about the various types of sake, how it is made and the perfect food pairing for the drink.  

Greg takes joy in writing press releases and has an almost unhealthy obsession with Sydney and nasi lemak.

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