Zuma Abu Dhabi's Noel Pusch wins sake competition
Abu Dhabi sommelier has won global competition in London
Zuma Abu Dhabi head sommelier Noel Pusch has been awarded the ‘Sake Sommelier of the Year’ title for 2014 by the Academy of Food and Wine Association and the Sake Sommelier Association.
Pusch emerged a winner during a rigorous selection process involving a mock service test, blind sake tasting and finally a food-matching test.
The judges felt that Pusch’s constant experience at his restaurant helped him in the service and food-matching stages, whilst his broad knowledge on sake helped him in the blind tasting element.
Ajaz Sheikh, global managing director, Zuma, said: "In an effort to consistently staying true to its roots, the Zuma family constantly works on furnishing its team with the necessary skills and knowledge to promote the rich culture of Japanese cuisine. Noel’s well deserved award means we are best placed to raise awareness of Sake in the Emirates, and this adds another valuable service to our award-winning offering."
Held in London, the first of its kind outside Japan, the competition aims to identify the most skillful sake sommeliers in the world, bringing them to the attention of their customers and raising the profile of their profession along with their establishments.