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Gerard Basset is world's best waiter

A competition to find the world's best wine waiter has been won by Gerard Basset who owns the hotel Terrafina in Hampshire and was the founder of Hotel du Vin. He was awarded the title of World's Best Sommelier this week in Santiago, Chile. It was Basset's 6th time in the competition and fourth time in the finals.

The prestigious competition, held every three years, sees 12 finalists go through a gruelling series of tests, including a timed written paper which has to be completed in another language. It covers all aspects of sommeliers' work including beer, spirits, tea, coffee, cigars and water as well as wine.