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Salvatore Salerno, Best Sommelier of Italy 2014

Salvatore Salerno,  Best Sommelier of Italy 2014

Salvatore Salerno, Sommelier at restaurant Joel Robuchon from Hotel Metropole in Monte-Carlo, won the prestigious title of Best Sommelier of Italy ASPI for the year 2014.The final took place in Roncegno Terme, at the l'Istituto Alberghiero e di Alta Formazione, and gathered Salvatore, as well as Daniele Arcangeli,  second, and Marco Grassi, third.
Within the frame of the contest, Daniele Arcangeli  won the very first « Birra Moretti Prize» focused on creative food and bier pairing. For this Prize, the candidates had several tests in semi-final and final. In semi-final, all the competitors had to answer questions about beer, then taste two products from the Moretti family. For each of these bie rs, they had to suggest the best food pairing. During the final, they had a surprise test : serving a Moretti Gran Cru, as in a restaurant with customers around a table. 
This Prize shows that the sommelier profession is evolving, out of the world of wine. The sommelier is now dedicated to the world of beverages.
Birra Moretti, actor of the great Italian and international history, wants to share and support this evolution, put on the front stage a beverage more and more present on our tables,  beer. 
Daniele Arcangeli, born in Viareggio, got a great experience in Italy and abroad (Principe Forte dei Marmi, Badrutt's Palace of St. Moritz, Lido Palace of Riva de Garda). He is currently Sommelier consultant for several restaurants of Tuscany.
Marco Grassi, is Sommel ier at Metro Italy. 2014 is an important year for him as he passed the prestigious A.S.I. Exam last February, thus got his A.S.I. Sommelier Diploma. This Exam is available in every association active member of the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale all over the world. And ASPI is the unique Italian association recognized at the international level.
The panel of judges  was, once again, high level : Marco Larentis, President of the panel, Piero Sattanino, Best Sommelier of the World (1971), Giorgio Grai, eonologist internationally renowned, Ivan Persolja, President of the Sommeliers Association of Slovenia, with a Board member, Davorin Skarabot, Claudia Moriondo, expert in food and eonogastronomy, Giovanni Profumo, Director Confcommercio Trentino, Loredana Camin, province assessor for teaching and training, Federico Samaden, manager of the Istituti di Rovereto e di Levico Terme, Massimiliano Peterlana, restaur ateur and  President Fiepet, Giorgio Colli, specialized journalist for eonogastronomy, Nino Pappalettera, risponsable of the local ASPI coordinators  and Niccola Silini, restaurateur from Milano.
A special Thank you to the students and teachers of the Istituto Alberghiero e di Alta Formazione di Roncegno Terme for their involment and great professionalism!


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