Three chef and sommelier teams have been chosen to attend the UK Final for Copa Jerez in London later this month.
The 2021 UK Finalists for Copa Jerez are from three of London’s iconic restaurants: Orrery, The Ritz and The River Café. Each team put forward a three course meal that champions Sherry with every course and also uses Sherry as an ingredient in at least one dish.
Making the selection for the final was not easy as menus were submitted from variety of restaurants across the UK, from Scotland to Cardiff. In choosing the finalists the high quality of cookery, the variety of Sherry styles chosen and the expert food pairing knowledge all the entries has this year was noted – making for an even tougher decision.
Talking about this year’s finalists the Copa Jerez international chair-judge, César Saldaña, and president of the Consejo Regulador de Jerez y Sanlúcar de Barrameda, said: “There is a balance of menu styles in the teams chosen this year, from intricate fine dining to carefully constructed dishes with texture and intense flavours. And of course all of them put Sherry at the heart of the meal. But now the really tough part comes, choosing the ultimate winner”.
The teams will now go forward in the competition to meet the judges at the final in London at CORD by Le Cordon Bleu on Monday 24 May where they will present their menus in full, explaining why they are Sherry champions.
The results will be announced live on Sherry Wines UK’s twitter account and a full report will appear on www.sherry.wine.
Full details of Copa Jerez can be found on www.sherry.wine/copa-jerez