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Swiss sommelier tops world wine waiter contest

The world's best wine waiter was crowned in Japan on Friday, at the culmination of a three-day competition attracting entrants from around the globe. Paolo Basso, from Switzerland, was hoisted into the air as judges in Tokyo awarded him first place in a ceremony in front of several thousand spectators that was carried live on Japanese national television. "Thank you very much to everybody, it is a very important moment for me," he said after receiving the gold medal and hugs from rival sommeliers.

Sommeliers compete in Japan for world's best title

Wine waiters of the world gathered in Tokyo on Wednesday for a competition to find the planet's best sommelier. Entrants from 54 countries began three days of events designed to test their skills as they marry wines to foods and serve demanding consumers, with all of them having to work in a foreign language. "A good sommelier not only has to have good knowledge of wine, but he also needs to be able to put customers at ease and know what to do to let them enjoy the food," explained Serge Dubs, chairman of the jury and a former champion.
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