The Stafford London’s Executive Head Chef & Master Sommelier Celebrate Sherry at Copa Jerez VI – International Final

- Spain’s National Drink Sherry is Celebrated on 9th June with International Final of Bi-Annual Event
- Executive Head Chef Carlos Martinez and Master Sommelier Gino Nardella Won the UK Final in 2014, Qualifying Them to Represent the UK in the International Final 2015
- The Stafford London’s Executive Head Chef and Master Sommelier Combine to Showcase Sherry
- Copa Jerez Promotes Sherry through Cuisine and Highlights the drink as Ideal for Food Matching
Carlos and Gino 1024x681 The Stafford Londons Executive Head Chef & Master Sommelier Celebrate Sherry at Copa Jerez VI   International Final(Left to right: Gino Nardella MS, Carlos Martinez and Beltran Domecq)

Executive Head Chef Carlos Martinez and Master Sommelier Gino Nardella have reached the International Finals of the Copa Jerez competition which takes place this June. Carlos and Gino won the UK Final in 2014 which qualified them to represent the UK in the International Final. They will compete against teams from Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Russian, Spain and USA.

The event brings together some of the finest chefs and sommeliers from around the world to compete and show their skill using and promoting Sherry. Chefs must include Sherry in one of their dishes as an ingredient whilst sommeliers must show flair in selecting a different Sherry with each course, including a dry and sweet style.

The menu and Sherry pairings by Carlos and Gino from The Stafford London’s Lyttelton Restaurant, put through to the final are:

Starter
Crab & Mango Ravioli, Squid Ink Rock with
Almacenista, Manzanilla Pasada De Lustau

Main
Oak Smoked Sirloin Beef, Black Autumn Truffle Puree, Wild Mushroom Fircassee with
Leonor, Palo Cortado, Gonzalez Byass

Dessert
Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding, Vanilla & Pedro Ximenez Ice Cream with
Nectar, Pedro Ximenez, Gonzalez Byass

An independent historic hotel near Green Park, Buckingham Palace and Mayfair, The Stafford London is as timeless as the city it belongs to. Founded in 1912, it has 105 individually decorated bedrooms and suites split across the Main House and the Carriage House. The hotel has the feel of a private residence. In fact the Lyttelton lounge and restaurant are the former dining room and drawing room of Lord and Lady Lyttelton (who owned one of the finest townhouses in London in the 17th century).

Carlos Martinez produces Modern British dishes using the finest selection of British produce in The Lyttelton Restaurant. He has worked at many Michelin starred restaurants and as Head Executive Chef of Cliveden’s three restaurants he retained their Michelin Star. Gino Nardella oversees the 380-year old Wine Cellars at The Stafford London. His experience is vast, from his childhood spent on the family owned vineyard in Southern France to over 40 years accumulated experience as a Sommelier.

The international final takes place on 9th June in Jerez where Sherry is made.

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More information on Copa Jerez : http://www.sherryinstitute.co.uk/copa-jerez.html