WSET celebrates 15 new graduates
The 2018 WSET Diploma alumni graduated last night at dinner a hosted by Huberts Restaurant in Sydney.
The 15 students picked up their WSET Diploma in Wines and Spirits and celebrated alongside TAFE NSW executives, media, WSET International Development Director Jude Mullins, The Royal Sydney Wine Show's Sally Evans and Wine Communicators of Australia's Angus Barnes.
“The Diploma has helped me greatly in my own business to make more informed buying decisions and on the sales front to have more authority and credibility with our customers as well as international suppliers,” noted graduate Daniel Airoldi.
The full list of graduates is: Mark Hastings, a former Sales and Marketing Manager for Sydney Wine Academy who wishes to pursue future career as a wine trainer, blogger and consultant; Daniel Airoldi, owner of Airoldi Fine Wines, a specialist Bordeaux importer; Gerard Bellis, currently the Head Sommelier at Jade Temple; Chesterton Cook from Five Ways Cellars; Walter Henao, Head Sommelier for the Park Hyatt Hotel in Sydney; Mark Law, Sommelier at Glass Brasserie, Sydney Hilton; Daniel Long, Operations and Sales Manager for Whole Bunch Wines and Best Cellars in Sydney; Ross McKay, owner of a catering firm; Kati Vainionpää, Education Manager Asia Pacific for Wine Australia; Xavier Vigier, Head Sommelier at Catalina Restaurant, Rose Bay; and Karim Laratte, Megan Cox, Kate Lee, Volker Tredeand Christopher Brown
The winner of the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show 2018 Top Student Award was Gerard Bellis. Bellis took out the award for having the top mark in the practical examination for Unit 3 in the WSET Diploma in Wines and Spirits, which is conducted by the Sydney Wine Academy.