The panel is comprised of hand-picked specialists from around the world. It is responsible for awarding medals to the best entries.
Twenty-five nationalities are represented thereby guaranteeing the outstanding diversity that sets the Sake Selection by Concours Mondial apart from other sake competitions.
of the competition’s professionalism and reliability
Sylvain Huet has been passionate about Japanese culture for many years and shares his passion for sake with as many people as possible by sweeping away preconceived ideas about the drink. In 2017 he was featured in cultural programmes on ARTE and on Japanese national television NHK, which devoted a topic to him in its newscast.
From the Japanese government, which asked him to write a reference document in French on sake for the trade and industry, to Yahoo Japan, which asked him for his selection of Tokyo-style places to taste the best sake, not to mention Japan’s Cultural Centre, which regularly calls on him for conferences or training courses, his commitment is total.
Starting with his first trip to Japan in 1998, sake was a revelation and he had no other choice at the time to satisfy his curiosity than to go through professional training. He learnt from Japan’s leading specialists and completed his learning curve with concrete and repeated experiences with various producers.
2012 saw Sylvain reach the pinnacle of recognition – he was the first Frenchman to become a Saké Samouraï during an official ceremony in Kyoto, in recognition of his commitment, his work and his passion. He received the title with great humility, saw it as an encouragement from the entire industry and has been on a constant mission to meet sake producers across Japan.
Today, he can pride himself on being the only Frenchman to have visited several hundred of them to date. He is chairman of the judging panel, guaranteeing that the tastings run smoothly, that the sake is served professionally and that the results are totally impartial.