Toronto-based Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment's Jennifer Huether Named
TORONTO, Feb. 24 /CNW/ - Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) is pleased to announce the
appointment of Jennifer Huether as Master Sommelier. Huether received
the nod by the Court of Sommeliers last week and is the only female
recipient of the prestigious designation in Canada.
Huether joins an elite league of 180 Master Sommeliers worldwide and is
only the third Canadian to receive the title. Master Sommelier marks
the highest recognition of wine and spirits knowledge, beverage service
abilities and professionalism in the hospitality trade. The coveted
designation is granted after several years of intense training and
rigorous exams that includes a practical service component, theoretical
knowledge examination and blind tastings. Thirty candidates attempted
the invitation-only examination in Irving, Texas, and Huether was among
only six recipients of the designation.
In her role as Head Sommelier for MLSE and Toronto's newest restaurant,
e11even at Maple Leaf Square, Huether oversees an award-winning,
multi-million dollar wine program. Huether was also instrumental in
developing the extensive wine list at e11even, which includes 4,000
bottles and more than 600 labels from regions around the world.
The examination was one of the most challenging experiences Huether has
ever encountered. "You have to be able to perform all the required
tasks under pressure, so understanding how to keep that in check was
crucial for me," she said.
She acknowledged other Master Sommeliers for her victory. "The Master
Sommeliers who mentored me through this process were invaluable in
giving me advice about how to develop my own skills and deal with the
anxiety of the exam itself. I am truly grateful for their guidance and
Huether's achievement comes after a 10-year career in hospitality. After
graduating top of her class from the International Sommelier Guild in
2000, she went on to gain the Diploma of Wine and Spirits from Wine and
Spirit Education Trust in 2003. Huether was then accepted into the
Advanced Sommelier Program from the Court of Master Sommeliers and
gained accreditation in the first round of testing in 2004.
"No words can describe how genuinely proud we are of Jennifer and MLSE
for being a part of an incredible time in Canadian history," said
Michael Doyle, MLSE's vice-president of Food and Beverage, who credits
Huether for MLSE's continued success. "Jennifer is an amazing teacher
and loves to share her knowledge of wine with her colleagues and
guests. She has a passion for being the best and has grown our wine
program over the years to be one of the best in North America."
SOURCE Maple Leaf Sports
For further information:
Jamie Deans, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, (416) 815-5445
Rajani Kamath, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, (416) 815-5790
Melanie Greco, Get Ink, (905) 426-8462