North America is open to any professionals involved in the service of sake. Candidates who get through to the semi-final will be judged on blind tasting and on practical skills. The top candidates will then compete for the title; they will be tested both practically and orally on various tasks such as sake pairings, service skills, and blind tasting.
All candidates must have received formalised education in sake, or demonstrate sufficient professional experience with sake.

To enter this year’s competition, you will be sent a questionnaire to complete, please email the SSA HQ to register:

“The Sake Sommelier of the Year is the first competition to test and challenge the knowledge and expertise sake sommeliers must possess in demonstrating the beauty and complexity of the drink on an international scale.”  
Xavier Chapelou SSA founder