The Nordic sommelier championship wrapped up late last night, awarding Fredrik Lindfors yet another championship title. Fredrik, who is Head Sommelier at the Grand Hôtel in Stockholm, is already a two-time winner of the Swedish sommelier championship. He also won the Vana Tallinn Grand Prix earlier this autumn.
The Nordic sommelier championship took place on October 8-9, 2017 at Hotell Glo Art in Helsinki, Finland, and included tasks such as serving Champagne in a traditional manner, decanting red wine, blind tasting of five different types of spirits and correcting a wine list. Fredrik mastered all of them with great proficiency and skill.
“Winning the Nordic sommelier championship feels fantastic. Last year I came in at an honourable second place, so yes, it sort of feels like I got my revenge,” says Fredrik with a wink.
The Nordic sommelier championship is just the start of the international championship circuit for Fredrik. Earlier this year, the Swedish Sommelier Foundation appointed him as Sweden’s candidate for the 2019 World sommelier championship, which is being hosted in Antwerp, Belgium. He will also represent Sweden in the 2020 European sommelier championship.
“I am incredibly happy and honoured to be representing Sweden in these major international competitions. Without a doubt, it will be a very exciting and enjoyable time,” says Fredrik.
Alongside the championship circuit, Fredrik is Head Sommelier at the Grand Hôtel, a position he took on in early 2016. In this role, he is responsible for the hotel’s entire beverage portfolio, as well as one of northern Europe’s largest wine cellars. He is also one of the three personalities behind the Cadier Bar’s new concept, which was launched at the end of the summer.