There’s nothing like watching someone you admire work their ass off and achieve an absolutely enormous goal. I could not be more proud of Chris Tanghe for becoming a Master Sommelier.
Most of you probably won’t be aware of the certification, the prestige that comes with it, or the incredible amount of time, work and effort that goes into it.
Let me put it in perspective for you. The Court of Master Sommeliers was founded around 1977 as an international organization to promote, test, and certify wine knowledge at the very highest level. They award the Master Sommelier diploma as the ultimate achievement a sommelier can attain.
You know how many Master Sommeliers there are now? 201. In the world.
Chris was one of 63 who took the most recent exam – which includes what is probably the most brutal blind taste test ever conceived – and one of only four who passed. His achievement has been seven years, 2000+ flash cards, and hours and hours and hours and hours of work in the making.
When it comes to wine, he is officially the fucking man.
That’s not just my opinion, either. This diploma is so cool that when someone earns it it’s news – read more over at The Seattle Met and Sip Northwest.
But I don’t want to gloss over Chris’s other culinary achievements. He may be one of the world’s beverage elite now, but he’s also no slouch when it comes to the kitchen. He’s studied at the very prestigious Culinary Institute of America, he’s cooked for many great restaurants, and he’s the chef behind about half the recipes on our blog. He has all of the gastronomic bases covered.
All this and he’s also a down to earth, solid, great guy and a wonderful friend.
Congratulations Chris, you’ve earned it!
2 Replies to “Congrats Chris on being named Master Sommelier!”
What an amazing achievement! Congratulations, Chris. Now where can I come to partake of your wine knowledge?
Hey Jeff, Chris will be running the wine program at the soon-to-open Aragona restaurant in Seattle.