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The 1st S. Pellegrino Sommelier Scholarship LIVE final took place on Wednesday 28th February 2012 at the DIT Green Room Training Restaurant, Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin. This initiative between the DIT School of Culinary Arts & Food Technology and Stafford Lynch Ltd offered hospitality students the unique opportunity to improve their sommelier skills in harmonizing water, wine and food to create a fine dining experience for their guests. Water continues to be one consumed the most, it’s the beverage that best accompanies every dish and perfectly harmonizes with all cultures. S. Pellegrino and Acqua Panna have developed a unique Water Codex to provide a clear outline of how to appreciate, serve and perfectly harmonize water with fine drinks, wine and food with the aim of completing the consumer’s pleasure on the table for a fine dining experience.

This years overall scholarship was launched back on the 9th November 2011 during a special wine and water workshop presented by International Sommelier Edwin Raben (S.Pellegrino Spokesperson & President Nederlands Guild of Sommeliers). The scholarship was held over two rounds attracting a huge entry in the first round (semi-finals) which were organised during the month of January and culminating in the LIVEfinal where the top five semi-finalists demonstrated their practical and theoretical skills in the service, tasting and harmonization of water, wine and food to a panel of expert judges.

Dr. Frank Cullen (Head of School Culinary Arts & Food Technology) congratulated the winners reminding entrants, sponsors and supporters of the DITSchoolof Culinary Arts & Food Technology of their commitment to providing on-going challenging and innovative food and beverage management programmes. Mr. Donnacha Curran (Senior Brand Manager, Stafford Lynch Ltd) and Ms. Una Lynch (Director, Stafford Lynch Ltd) expressed their delight at the huge interest, professional skills and intellectual abilities demonstrated by all the participants of the 1st S. Pellegrino Sommelier Scholarship and thanked Mr. James Murphy (DIT Lecturer & Co-ordinator S. Pellegrino Sommelier Scholarship) for organising an excellent event. The 1st S.Pellegrino Sommelier Scholarship winners were as follows;

1st Place (Overall Winner) : Ms. Niamh Costello, Barge Inn Portabello Bridge, Dublin & BSc(Hons) degree Student in Bar Management & Entrepreneurship. Niamh won a 3 day all expenses trip to Italy to visit the houses of S. Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, the prize includes training sessions with the sommeliers at the famous Alma training institute,

2nd place: Ms. Lysette Golden, Hey Pesto (Private Catering Company) & BSc(Hons) degree student in Bar Management & Entrepreneurship. Lysette won a special dinner for two in a topDublin restaurant

3rd Place: Mr. Sean Kershaw, Four Seasons Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin & BSc(Hons) degree student in Bar Management & Entrepreneurship. Sean won a special case of fine wines.

Further Details: James Murphy MSc, MA, D.I.T Bar Management Studies, College of Arts & Tourism, Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin 1. Tel: 01-4024453 email:


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