25 Jun Enderun bags another top award at the 3rd Philippine Sommelier Competition
On May 20, 2019, Enderun Colleges student Jiyoung Park won the top award for the Junior category of the 3rd Philippine Sommelier Competition. Asked about her win, Jiyoung shared that, “I felt happy when they announced my name. Winning this also motivates me now even more to further improve and help more people discover the wonderful world of wine. Many think it’s all about knowledge, but I think a great sommelier stands out because of a friendly, approachable attitude. We are here to help our guests enjoy wine to the fullest—and to achieve that, people skills are vital. The job of a sommelier is very customer-centric. Although we get these kinds of recognitions, our guests’ enjoyment is what we are all about.”
The growing Philippine Sommelier Competition consists of some of the country’s finest sommeliers who go head-to-head in a test of knowledge and experience. Held annually, the sommeliers exhibit a showcase of skill and grace under pressure as each one competes in an international-format competition consisting of a written and a practical examination. Serving as judges include local and respected names in the Philippine food and wine scene, as well as known sommelier experts regionally.
According to Enderun Colleges Associate Dean for International Hospitality Management Bel Castro, “Enderun Colleges is at the forefront of wine education. We have partnered with many of the most recognizable names in the country’s wine industry. The program itself is in-depth. It’s not just about the wine but it also touches on the best practices in serving and other important aspects of being a sommelier. To-date, Enderun has produced many aspiring sommeliers who have joined and won various competitions.
To know more about Enderun Colleges, visit https://www.enderuncolleges.com/.
ABOUT ENDERUN COLLEGES
Enderun Colleges is a four-year undergraduate college committed to the highest international standards of academic excellence in the fields of international hospitality management, entrepreneurship and business administration. The College provides a career-ready environment with its industry-specific programs, highly experienced faculty, international academic partners such as Ducasse Education in France, Les Roches International School of Management in Switzerland and intensive internship placements. Enderun graduates possess the core competencies that are in high demand by industry leaders worldwide.
Photo 1: Enderun Colleges student Jiyoung Park tops the Junior Category of the 3rd Philippine Sommelier Competition.
Photo 2: Enderun Colleges student Jiyoung Park and her mentor, Enderun Colleges Associate Dean for International Hospitality Management Bel Castro
Photo 3: The winners of the 3rd Philippine Sommelier Competition together with the panel of judges