Graag stel ik je een nieuwe gastschrijver voor: Julia Scavo. Geboren in Roemenië woont zij inmiddels een aantal jaren in Frankrijk. Julia volgde tal van wijn- en hospitality opleidingen en zoekt graag haar grenzen op d.m.v. deelname aan wijnproef competities. Maar het liefst deelt ze haar kennis en ervaring en dat gaat ze ook doen op deze website.

Julia Scavo (foto: Chef&Sommelier)

Julia Scavo (foto: Chef&Sommelier)

“Romanian born, I had been living in my country for 20 years before coming to France for studies. After passing a Bachelor and an educational masters (CAPES) in Mathematics, I got fond of gastronomy, wine and sommelier art.

I was soon seduced by the field and keen on getting further knowledge, I went back to school to entitle my experience. After a Sensory Analysis course at the Wine University in Suze-la-Rousse, I also got my Sommelier diploma in Lyon, at François Rabelais Hospitality School. Then came a BTEC Higher National Diploma in Wine, spirits and beverages’ Trade and Marketing, passed at ICOP Aubagne while working as junior sales assistant in Château de Rouët, but also as sommelier in Nice for Chef Keisuke Matsushima and wine bar “La Cave de l’Origine”.

Other experiences followed soon, including the honour of working for Monsieur Alain Ducasse at the Trattoria Monaco and seasonal working at the Monte-Carlo Sporting. I also took up the WSET path, with a Level 3 Award in Wines and the prestigious DipWSET Level 4 in Wines finished with Distinction in 2019. This eventually brought me an award by the WSET – the inaugural “Gérard Basset Memorial Prize” for a top scoring Unit 3 obtained by a sommelier student.

What I like most about the profession is sharing experience and knowledge, hence I have come back to teaching since 2013: professional trainings, conferences, masterclasses, consulting for many establishments.

I also like defeating the limits and always being up to date by the means of the sommelier competitions. Here are some of my latest results: Winner of the Central European Championship 2012, 3rd place in the Best Sommelier of Europe, 5th place in the Best Sommelier of the World 2013, 3rd place in the Best Sommelier of Europe and Africa 2017, ASI Diploma 2017 with Gold Distinction, Winner of the Master of Port 2017, 2nd at the Balkan Sommelier Challenge 2018, Winner of the Ruinart Sommelier Challenge 2018 in France, and last but not least Best Sommelier of Romania 2018. I also ranked 7th in the last Best Sommelier of the World competition in 2019 and I am not ready to stop.”

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