INDIA NEWS – YOUNG SOMMELIER OLYMPIAD 2021

The second edition of the Young Sommeliers Olympiad, India’s first and only nationwide beverage quiz for hospitality students, was held in early September. The Olympiad was organized by the team at Indulge India spearheaded by Sommelier Gagan Sharma.

YSO aims to hone young talent in the beverage sphere beyond simple mixology. Over 150 candidates from 43 hotel Management Institutes in India participated in three days of masterclasses covering the basics in F&B and hotel management studies followed by grueling online quizzes. The students were 21 years old or younger and no tastings were involved.

The five winners from the 21 who made it to the final round received exciting cash prizes, including Indulge India scholarships, visits to prominent Indian beverage facilities, and an annual subscription to Sommelier India The Wine Magazine.

A fun but focused event, the YSO not only helps increase knowledge but more importantly, also provides a platform for hospitality students to be noticed by the industry at the very cusp of joining it. 

The YSO Winners are listed below:

1st PrizeNikhil Bhusal, IIHM Bengaluru, Karnataka; Runner Up – Manoj Neelisetty IIHM Bengaluru, Karnataka
• Rs 25,000 cash prize
• Study Scholarship with Indulge India
• One-Year subscription to Sommelier India Wine Magazine
• Ticket for the #IndianVineTrial – An immersive trip to Nashik wineries  – Sula Vineyards, Chandon India, Grover Zampa Vineyards, Vallone Vineyards, York Winery, Reveilo Wines.
• Visits to Bira91’s brewery in Mysore, Bira91 taproom in Bengaluru, Moonshine Meadery in Pune, and Fruzzante in Bordi.
• An exclusive trip to the production facility at Terai India Dry Gin in Behror, Rajasthan

 

1st Runner – Manoj Neelisetty, IIHM Bengaluru, Karnataka
• Rs 20,000 cash prize
• Study Scholarship with Indulge India
• One-Year subscription to Sommelier India Wine Magazine

 

 

 

2nd RunnerUp – Tushar Anand, IIHM Kolkata, West Bengal
•Rs 15,000 cash prize
• Study Scholarship with Indulge India
• One-Year subscription to Sommelier India Wine Magazine

 

 

 

3rd Runner Up – Jordan Coutinho, Don Bosco School of Hospitality, Mumbai
• Rs 10,000 cash prize
• Study Scholarship with Indulge India
• 1 Year subscription to Sommelier India Wine Magazine

 

 

 

4th Runner Up – Gunjan Popat, IHM Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
• Rs 10,000 cash prize
• Study Scholarship with Indulge India
• 1 Year subscription to Sommelier India Wine Magazine