VOL2 2016

Gastronome is the official publication of the U.S. Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. The magazine provides coverage of local, regional, national and international Chaîne events as well as feature stories about members and member establishments.

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Bertao, MS, and Vice Echanson National des Jeunes Sommeliers David Merrill served as judges. Pacific Northwest Regional winner Martin Sheehan-Stross later went on to win the national title! The Mid-Atlantic and Northeast competitions closed an amazing period of regional contests. These regions have a deep roster of Master Sommeliers who par- ticipate in Chaîne contests, including John Ragan, MS, Pascaline Lepeltier, MS, and New York Vice Echanson Charles Curtis, MW. Chaîne leaders are also always well represented on the judging panels for these regions; New York Bailli Jim Wallick, Northeast Echanson Provincial Joseph D'Ambrosio, and Mid-Atlantic Echanson Provincial George Staikos are all longtime participants in Young Sommeliers Competitions. Competing in the Mid-Atlantic contest were Renato Bringas, Gregory Schwab, and Steven Gullo, with Steven Gullo winning the regional title. The Northeast competitors were Luke Boland, Christopher Dooley, and Morgan Harris, who was declared his region's winner. The nine regional winners went on to compete before a panel of nine expert judges in the national finals in Sonoma in April. Martin Sheehan-Stross of San Francisco's famed Michael Mina restaurant was named the 2016 national champion. Congratulations to Martin and to all of the young sommeliers who worked so hard to hone their skills for these contests. The Chaîne salutes them all! G SC: Judge/Echanson Provincial/Peachtree Bailli Richard Smith, Judge/Peachtree Vice Echanson Hon. Yves Durand, Judge Michael McNeill, MS, Winner/Sommelier Femi Oyediran, Vice Echanson National des Jeunes Sommeliers David Merrill, Atlanta Bailli Herb Spasser, Competitor Christopher Blanken, Competitor Christopher Lodge and Atlanta Vice Chancelier-Argentier Greg Gates. PNW: Judge/Echanson Provincial David Glancy, MS, Winner Martin Sheehan-Stross, Competitor Vincent Morrow, Competitor Camille Berry, Judge/Vice Echanson National des Jeunes Sommeliers David Merrill and Judge Randall Bertao, MS. MW: Judge/Echanson Provincial Randall Crocker, Competitor Alex Ring, Judge/Chicago Vice Echanson Manfred Raiser, Judge Brandon Tebbe, MS, Winner Miranda Elliot, Competitor Kaleb Kiger and Vice Echanson National des Jeunes Sommeliers David Merrill. SE: Judge/Vice Echanson National des Jeunes Sommeliers David Merrill, Judge Juan Gomez, MS, Winner/Sommelier Jill Davis, Competitor Micah Winecoff, Competitor Adrian Lopez and Judge Greg Rivera. NATIONAL 10 :: C H A I N E U S . O R G :: 2 0 1 6 v 2

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