Young Melbourne sommelier named second best in the world

Dinner by Heston. Image courtesy of the venue.

Melbourne's Dinner By Heston sommelier Thibaut Brossier has taken home the silver medal at this year's International Young Sommeliers Competition, held in Mexico City.

Hosted annually by the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the world’s oldest and largest food and wine society dating back to 1248, the competition tests not only wine knowledge, but also blind tasting ability and tableside wine service skills.

Eight men and two women from around the world competed in the top 10, completing a written theory exam before testing practical skills such as decanting, glassware selection, restaurant service skills, composure and dress.

British sommelier Aymeric Pollenne came out on top to claim the gold medal.

Heston Blumenthal's fine-diner at Crown is no stranger to the stage, having also won Maitre D' of the year at this year's Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards, as well as receiving two Hats in the latest Good Food Guide.