François Chartier

François Chartier is considered one of the world's leading experts in food and wine matching. After being named World’s Best Sommelier (Grand Prix Sopexa) in 1994, he delved into research which continues to this day. Much of his findings are included in Papilles et Molécules (Taste Buds and Molecules) winner of the World’s Best Innovative Cookbook at the 2010 World Cookbook Awards in Paris.

Throughout his career, he has advised many world-renowned chefs (including Ferrán Adriá of El Bulli) and has been featured on television, in the press and specialised media. In 2013, he won the Gourmand World Cookbook Award in the category of World’s Best Matching Wine & Food Book for his collection  Papilles Pour Tous!

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Finalists will prepare a three-course meal, each dish paired with a different Sherry Wine. Chef & sommelier will defend their pairing proposals before a live audience made up of the press, attendees and an expert panel of judges comprised of:
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