What is Copa Jerez

The international Copa Jerez Competition, the largest gastronomic competition involving Sherry wine, was created in 2004 with the intention of spreading the word about the universality of these wines as well as their versatility and infinite capacity to harmonise with food. Since then there have been six editions of the competition. Fourteen years during which the recognition and prestige of the competition has continued to grow.

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.

The Rules and How It Works

6 Candidates

Six teams participate in the competition, each consisting of a chef and a sommelier from a working restaurant or catering establishment with at least three Sherries on its wine list.

The SOMMELIER will select the wine to accompany each dish, describing it and justifying the proposed food and wine marriage.

The CHEF will prepare the dishes to be served and explain the recipes and why the aromas and flavours harmonise with the chosen wines.

18 Gastronomic Menus

Each team will have to make and explain their menu of three dishes, each one married with a Sherry wine.

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 chef will prepare the three dishes for tasting.
  • The sommelier will prepare each chosen wine for perfect service.

Copa Jerez Competition Rules


The teams must present and explain each of their matches to the panel of judges.

For that they will have ten minutes to:

  • Explain the dish
  • Present the selected wine
  • Justify the harmonies
  • Answer questions from the judges


The panel of judges will evaluate the different dishes presented and the menus as a whole according to:

  • The quality of the whole marriage menu
  • The level of harmony between each wine and dish
  • The justification by the team for each harmony


Seven prizes will be awarded according to the following categories:

  • Winner of the VII Copa Jerez – Best Marriage Menu
  • Best Sommelier – Juli Soler Prize
  • Best Chef
  • Best Starter Marriage
  • Best Main Course Marriage
  • Best Dessert Marriage
  • Most Creative Marriage

Honor Roll

1ª Copa Jerez

United Kingdom


Notting Hill Brasserie


Patrice Guillon


Mark Jankel

2ª Copa Jerez

United Kingdom


Number One


James O’Donnell


Kevin Sutherland

3ª Copa Jerez



De Lindenhof


Cindy Borger


Jarno Eggen

4ª Copa Jerez



Casablanca, El Taller


Juan Luis García


Cayetano Gómez

5ª Copa Jerez





Alexander Kjølhede Berntsen


Jonathan Kjølhede Berntsen

6ª Copa Jerez

United States


15 Romolo


Ian J. Adams


Michelle Matthews



Podium onder de Dom


Goos van den Berg


Leon Mazairac

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