StarChefs.com Somm Slam Official Terms & Conditions
The Somm Slam is open to wine professionals including sommeliers and beverage directors. StarChefs.com is accepting judging applications until September 10th. Applicants must submit a completed application in order to be considered. Selection will be determined by StarChefs.com and will be based on work experience, pairing philosophy, and examples of specific wine pairings. Those chosen to judge will receive a complimentary pass to all three days of the International Chefs Congress ($500 value). Each judge and competitor will be responsible for any and all travel and lodging expenses.
The competition will take place on all three days of the Congress:
Monday, September 20 1:00 - 3:00pm
Tuesday, September 21 1:00pm-3:00pm
Wednesday, September 22 11:20am - 1:20pm
Competitors must be available all three days and will be asked to judge when not competing. Judges should be available all three days. If for any reason this is not possible, please contact Erica@starchefsinc.com.
During the event, eight competitors will be divided into groups of four to compete on day one and day two. Competitors must choose wines from the available “cellar” to pair with three composed dish. Contestant pairings will be judged by an audience of 30-50 peers who will receive a sample of each dish and wine pairing. Judges will list their feedback on a ballot provided by StarChefs and cast their vote for the most successful pairing. The top competitors from each day will advance to the final, third day of the competition.
The winner of the contest will receive a trip to Italy to visit the Ruffino Estate Vineyards in Tuscany.