Knowing what a competition “junkie” Gerard is, even though he himself has retired from competing, he remains very involved in competitions, be it through mentoring his protégées, organizing and planning the competitions, writing the questions and devising the scenarios and judging and performing as Master of Ceremonies…. in short he loves the buzz that a competition gives him. I try to understand the pull and the excitement but as I don’t have a competitive bone to my name, I have to admit I don’t really share his enthusiasm, although I enjoy watching the competitions, especially he is now no longer a competitor… far too stressful when he was!
Thus on Tuesday, Gerard was on stage as Head Judge at the UK Sommelier of the Year and Romané and I were in the audience with friends, enjoying the “show”. Our newly promoted Head Sommelier, Tanguy Martin did very well. He got through to the quarter final, in a starting race with over 100 other candidates and came 7th overall, which was a great achievement when you consider it that he is a competition novice and was up against some much more experienced candidates.
Clement Robert was the well deserved winner and a great event was had by all. Gerard was very happy to be involved and the audience all pronounced the day to have been most informative, enjoyable and fun.
The rest of half term has been a whirl of camping (only for Romané, with friends)… can you imagine Gerard in a tent!! A Race Centre birthday party which was brilliant fun and trying to chase the sunshine when it peeked (rarely) out from behind the clouds. Now it’s almost the weekend again and then we will have arrived in June… where is the year going to? Time seems to pass by so quickly, but at least the Summer should be arriving soon and with it happy guests, Pimms by the poolside and al fresco dinners.
Till next week