Martin’s victory came after a tough final at the Savoy hotel in London yesterday, where he competed against Romain Bourger of the Vineyard at Stockcross, and Arnaud Bardary from Maze in London.
Bardary was placed second, while Bourger was third in the competition, organised by the Academy of Food and Wine Service (AFWS) and The Caterer and sponsored by Moët & Chandon Champagne.
It was Martin’s third time in the competition, having placed third last year. Commenting on his win, Martin said: “It is incredible. It is the third time I have been in the competition and I have worked hard for this. The standard was incredibly high so I am delighted to have won.”
All three finalists were submitted to a gruelling three-hour competition in front of an audience made up of judges, former winners, their peers from the industry, sponsors and journalists.
Each of the finalists showed different strengths but the judges, including Eric Zwiebel from Summer Lodge and Roger Jones from the Harrow at Little Bedwyn, chose Martin as the overall winner.
The day’s competition started with the 12 semi-finalists of the 2015 competition being whittled down to six finalists, before the final three were selected to compete in the grand final in front of an audience.
The 12 semi-finalists were:
Arnaud Bardary, Maze by Gordon Ramsay, London
Ladislav Basta, the Kitchin, Edinburgh
Romain Bourger, the Vineyard at Stockcross – Wales & South West Sommelier of the Year
Tobias Brauweiler, Hakkasan – London Sommelier of The Year
Mathias Camilleri, Medlar, London – winner of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Young Sommelier competition
Zigmars Grinbergs, Hotel du Vin Brighton – South East of England Sommelier of the Year
David Kubler, the Montagu Arms Hotel, Beaulieu, Hampshire – 2015 regional runner-up
Olivier Marie, Coq d’Argent, London
Tanguy Martin, Hotel TerraVina – 2014 Moët UK Sommelier of the Year runner-up
Laurent Richet, Restaurant Sat Bains – North of England Sommelier of the Year
Stuart Skea, Champany Inn, Linlithgow, West Lothian – Scottish Sommelier of the Year
Niels Sluiman, Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham
Now in their 36th year, the awards are run by the AFWS and The Caterer, and are internationally recognised by the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI). They seek to find the best wine waiter or Sommelier based on wine and spirits knowledge and front of house beverage skills.