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Sommelier of the Year Award

The Sommelier of the Year Award recognizes working sommeliers who consistently demonstrate an outstanding passion for marrying wine with food and a dedication to exceptional service. 

2015 Sommelier of the Year
Jason Yamasaki, Chambar



This year, the winner was selected through a hands-on competition organized by the BC Chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS). On November 3, 2014, Jason Yamasaki was recognized by CAPS as the “Best Sommelier in BC” and the VIWF Sommelier of the Year. Jason represented British Columbia in the “Best Sommelier in Canada” competition in Ontario in March 2015.

Jason Yamasaki proudly declares that his vision to be one of the world’s top sommeliers began before his first job. While completing a Bachelor's Degree of Hospitality Management, he absorbed a wealth of industry experience at some of Vancouver's most storied establishments. In 2008, eager for perspective beyond Vancouver, Jason joined the team at the Michelin-starred Avenues Restaurant in The Peninsula Chicago. Upon returning to Vancouver, Jason teamed up with Chambar, where he powered through virtually every dining room position while completing his formal wine education through the International Sommelier Guild and the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. He also fortified his passion for the vine by joining Austria's Heidi Schrock for the 2011 vintage.

Past winners include:

• Mike Bernardo - (Vij's Group - 2014)

• Samantha Rahn - (Araxi Restaurant - 2013)

• Terry Threlfall - (Hawksworth - 2012)

• Owen Knowlton - (West - 2011)

• Kurtis Kolt - (Salt Tasting Room - 2010)

• Andrea Vescovi - (Blue Water Café - 2009)

• Neil Ingram (Boneta – 2008)

• Chris Van Nus (Blue Water Café – 2007)

• Sebastien Le Goff (CinCin Restaurant – 2006)

• Tom Doughty (C Restaurant – 2005)

• Mark Taylor (CRU Restaurant – 2004)

• Barb Philip MW (Fish House and Cannery Restaurants – 2003)

• Peter Bodnar Rod (C Restaurant – 2002)

• Mark Davidson (The Beach House – 2001)

• Brent Hayman (Raincity Grill – 2000)



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