|Consejo Regulador de las Denominaciones de Origen "Jerez-Xérès-Sherry" - "Manzanilla-Sanlúcar de Barrameda" - "Vinagre de Jerez"|
The Copa Jerez is an international gastronomic competition in which the chef and sommelier teams which, having won their respective national rounds in seven different countries, compete for the Copa Jerez. Each team must present the best marriage of a gastronomic menu with the wines of the Jerez region.
Every two years, after a first stage of preliminary heats in each one of the countries invited to participate, seven teams of chef and sommelier from outstanding restaurants from both sides of the Atlantic compete in the grand international final in the search for the perfect harmony of food and Sherry.
Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, United States, Holland and the United Kingdom each present their best candidates, among whom there are quite a few Michelin Stars, and they recreate and explain their heat-winning gastronomic menus to a panel of judges drawn from among the great names of international gastronomy.
Such famous names as Josep Roca, Jancis Robinson, Pontus Elofsson, Juli Soler, Martín Berasategui, Juan Mari Arzak or Heston Blumenthal have figured among the judges of the Copa Jerez.
Teams must consist of a chef and a sommelier who both work in an active restaurant or catering establishment.
The Sommelier must select the wine which will be served with each dish and give a detailed description of it. He will then have to explain to the judges how the proposed match was chosen and why the wine and the dish work well together.
The chef prepares the dishes to be served with each of the wines. He will be required to give a detailed description of each of the proposed recipes indicating the reasons why the texture and flavour of the food is the right match for the chosen wines.
The menu will consist of a starter, a main dish and a dessert.
The competitors must choose three Sherry wines, one to accompany each dish presented. They can choose any Sherry or Manzanilla from a bodega registered with the Consejo Regulador so long as there are no more than two wines from the same bodega.
The teams have 55 minutes to prepare each of their proposed food and Sherry matches:
The teams must present and explain each of their matches to the panel of judges.
For that they will have ten minutes to:
The panel of judges will evaluate the different dishes presented and the menus as a whole according to:
Seven prizes will be awarded according to the following categories:
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