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Copa Jerez UK 2021 Finalists Announced

Three chef and sommelier teams have been chosen to attend the UK Final for Copa Jerez 2021 in London later this month.

The 2021 UK Finalists for Copa Jerez are from three of London’s iconic restaurants: Orrery, The Ritz and The River Café. Each team put forward a three course meal that champions Sherry with every course and also uses Sherry as an ingredient in at least one dish.

Making the selection for the final was not easy as menus were submitted from variety of restaurants across the UK, from Scotland to Cardiff. In choosing the finalists the high quality of cookery, the variety of Sherry styles chosen and the expert food pairing knowledge all the entries has this year was noted – making for an even tougher decision.

THE MENUS

Orrery

Sommelier: Julio D Tauste
Chef: Scott Hunt-McDonnell

Entrée: Mackerel Tartare, Granny Smith Apple, Cucumber, Oyster leaf, Caviar
Paired with: Bodegas La Riva Manzanilla Fina Pago Miraflores Baja

Main course: Secreto Iberico (shoulder muscle), Baby Artichoke, Caramelized onion puree, Prune and Pedro Ximenez sauce.
Paired with: Valdespino Oloroso Solera 1842 VOS Medium Sweet

Dessert: Souffle Pistachio, Salted Chocolate Ice Cream
Paired with: Cesar Florido Moscatel Dorado

THE RITZ

Sommelier:Arturo Scamardella
Chef: Ian Musgrave

Entrée: Norfolk Crab, Tomatoes and Basil
Paired with: Valdespino Manzanilla Deliciosa en rama            

Main course: Anjou Pigeon, Hen of the Wood Mushrooms, Apple, Walnut and Raisin
Paired with: Gonzalez Byass Apostoles VORS

Dessert: Amedei Chocolate Mousse, Vanilla and Hazelnut Praline
Paired with: Gonzalez Byass Solera 1847 Cream

THE RIVER CAFÉ

Sommelier: Mattia Mazzi
Chef: Vincenzo Raffone (freelance chef)

Entrée: Butterbean Soup with Mussels and Guanciale Casserole
Paired with: Equipo Navazos I Think Manzanilla

Main course: Smoked Lamb Rack, Charred Artichokes and Romesco Sauce
Paired with: El Maestro Sierra Amontillado 12 yo

Dessert: Sbrisolona with Spiced Crema Catalana and Orange Compote
Paired with: Gonzalez Byass Apostoles Palo Cortado VORS 30  yo

Anna Haugh UK Copa Jerez judge for 2021: Anna Haugh, owner, Myrtle restaurant and Copa Jerez past finalist. 1 of 3
Matthieu Longuere MS UK Copa Jerez judge for 2021: Matthieu Longuere, Master Sommelier and wine director at Le Cordon Bleu London 2 of 3
Sarah Jane Evans MW UK Copa Jerez judge for 2021: Sarah Jane Evans MW, internationally acclaimed author, wine writer and Sherry expert 3 of 3

Talking about this year’s finalists the Copa Jerez international chair-judge, César Saldaña, and president of the Consejo Regulador de Jerez y Sanlúcar de Barrameda, said: “There is a balance of menu styles in the teams chosen this year, from intricate fine dining to carefully constructed dishes with texture and intense flavours. And of course all of them put Sherry at the heart of the meal. But now the really tough part comes, choosing the ultimate winner”.

The teams will now go forward in the competition to meet the judges at the final in London at the new and state of the art competition kitchen CORD by Le Cordon Bleu on Monday 24 May, where they will present their menus in full, explaining why they are Sherry champions.

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10 May 2021
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