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UK Finalists announced for Copa Jerez 2022

04 October 2022

The three finalists to compete at the 2022 UK final of Copa Jerez are from Dinings SW3, Macallan Estate and Story

Next month the three teams from Dinings SW3 in London, Macallan Estate in Aberlour and Story in London will present their perfectly paired Sherry menus to the judges at the 2022 Copa Jerez UK Final.

Hosted at Michelin-starred Trivet restaurant the teams will prepare and cook their dishes from scratch and present them to the judges on Monday 17 October.

The teams and their menus for the 2022 UK Final of Copa Jerez are:

Gail Ge’er Li, Chef and Jiachen Lu, Sommelier of Dinings SW3, London present:


Cured Mackerel, Yuzu Vinaigrette, Olive Salsa, & Shiso Mayonnaise

Tio Pepe En Rama, Gonzalez Byass

Beef Tongue, Braised Daikon, Pickled Girolles & Dashi Rice

Oloroso ‘La Cigarrera’ Palomino, Bodegas La Cigarrera

Chocolate Nemesis, Sansho Pepper & Miso Ice Cream

Apostoles 30 Years Old Palo Cortado Muy Viejo, Gonzalez Byass

Head Chef Pawel Sowa and Head Sommelier Josie Phillips from The Macallan Estate in

Aberlour, Scotland, present:

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‘Neeps and Tatties’

‘Pastrana’ Manzanilla Pasada, Bodegas Hidalgo La Gitana

Speyside Wellington

‘Don José’ Oloroso, Sanchez Romate

Chocolate Mousse

Matusalem VORS Cream, Gonzalez Byass

Jonathan Kleeman, Head Sommelier and Danny Khoury, Head Chef, of Story restaurant in London will present:

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Seabass Crudo with plum Ponzu and Nasturtium flowers with N25 Kaluga Hybrid Caviar
I Think Manzanilla En Rama NV, Equipo Navazos

Roasted Pigeon with Oloroso sauce, Roasted artichoke puree and warm artichoke salad with truffle dressing
Oloroso, Bodegas Gutiérrez Colosia

Milk ice cream sandwich with bananas salted caramel and compress bananas

PX Solera 1918, Bodegas Ximénez Spínola

Copa Jerez UK 2022 judge and Chef Patron at Trivet, Jonny Lake commented: "We’re really proud to be hosting such a prestigious event at Trivet. On top of that, I’m really excited to be judging for the UK finals. Being interested in sherry – but also from a chef’s perspective - I’m intrigued to see and taste what our UK chefs have come up with."

Master Sommelier and co-owner of Trivet, Isa Bal, who will also judge at the UK final this year supported Lake’s comments: "Sherry offers a wide variety of flavours and styles to both the wine lover and to professionals, and I’m excited to see different perspectives of how to use sherry in a professional way. I’m looking forward to seeing some beautiful combinations."

Announcing the partnership, Copa Jerez international chair-judge César Saldaña, president of the Consejo Regulador de Jerez y Manzanilla Sanlúcar de Barrameda, said:

“It is an absolute honour for us to bring Copa Jerez to Trivet this autumn and to welcome Jonny and Isa to the judging panel. Their professionalism and illustrious careers, along with their appreciation and respect for Sherry wines, means we have the perfect partners and this year’s contestants will be judged at the highest standards.”


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    Jonny Lake Biography
    Jonny Lake started cooking by volunteering at the meals-on-wheels charity Santropol Roulant in Montréal, Quebec, whilst earning a university degree in physics and biology. His increasing love of cooking and feeding others led him to the decision to pursue a career as a chef, training at the Institut de Tourism et d’Hôtellerie du Québec. This was followed by a move to Italy, where he worked at the Michelin-starred restaurants A Spurcacciun-a and Quintilio, as well as for legendary Italian chef, Gualtiero Marchesi at L’Albereta in Lombardy.
    Jonny moved to the UK in 2005 to join The Fat Duck, becoming Head Chef in 2009 and subsequently Executive Head Chef of The Fat Duck Group. He departed the restaurant in 2018 to pursue personal projects and collaborate on Trivet with Isa Bal.
    Isa Bal MS Biography
    Isa began his UK career in the hospitality industry more than 20 years ago as a commis sommelier at The Vineyard at Stockcross near Newbury. He is now recognised as one of the world’s leading sommeliers, having won the title of Best Sommelier of Europe in

The UK Finals take place on Monday 17 October 2022

Images available on request

earned its first Michelin star in 2022 and is also listed in the 2022 National Restaurant

Trivet has now

Awards top 100 restaurants in the UK.

European Regional Development Fund A way to make Europe 2008,

Working as Head Sommelier for The Fat Duck Group for more than twelve years, Isa works closely with kitchen teams, pioneering new ways to pair food and drinks, showing highly inventive and exciting combinations. As a result of his menu curation, Trivet

Isa passed his Master Sommelier exams in 2009 and is a respected member of the international sommeliers’ community.

Fiona Beckett Biography

Fiona Beckett is an award-winning food and wine writer, one of the world's leading experts on food and drink matching, wine columnist for The Guardian and the author of 25 books on food, wine, beer and alcohol-free drinks.
She has been a regular contributor to many other national newspapers with weekly columns for The Times and the Daily Mail and to leading food, drink and lifestyle magazines including BBC Good Food, and Delicious. She is also a contributing editor to the wine magazine Decanter, wine correspondent for National Geographic Traveller Food, and a contributor to Club Oenologique.
She was nominated Rioja Communicator of the Year award in 2019 and has recently been shortlisted for the Drinks Book and Drink Writer categories of the 2021 Guild of Food Writer awards and 2021 Fortnum & Mason awards and was also shortlisted for the IWSC Communicator of the year award in 2019.

About Copa Jerez UK 2022

The only proviso is that Sherry must feature as the paired wine for each course and as an ingredient in at least one course, although past contestants have taken the theme much further.

all-expenses paid trip to the Sherry region of represent the UK at the International Competition of Gastronomy

and Sherry Pairing

Copa Jerez UK Final, which is being held at Trivet restaurant in London, on Monday 17 October 2022.

For more information on the Copa Jerez 2022, contact:

Angeline Bayly, Bespoke Drinks Media
Email: Tel: 01430 240147 or 07780 708454

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