Transformative Education with the Sommeliers Academy

Managed by the Sommeliers Academy, this dynamic Scholarship Programme is designed to revolutionize the skills and knowledge of individuals in the restaurant, hotel, and bar industry. It stands as a testament to Clearworld Suppliers’ steadfast commitment to excellence in gastronomy and hospitality, focusing on empowering individuals to master the art of beverage and wine service.

“Sanpellegrino & Acqua Panna Brands have always been involved in various collaborative projects within the culinary, wine & mixology world,” says Ania Odyniecka, Sales & Marketing Manager at Sanpellegrino & Acqua Panna in South Africa. “We believe that empowerment and education are crucial for the success and growth of our industry. By giving back to the community and supporting our loyal customers, we build long-term, meaningful relationships,” adds Philip Abrahamson, CEO of Clearworld Suppliers.

Imagine the most exquisite tables adorned with S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, the finest natural mineral water brands. These iconic names not only represent beverages but also fully support the mission of the Sommeliers Academy. Alongside Clearworld Suppliers, they champion the Academy’s dedication to achieving service excellence across Africa.

The Upliftment Scholarship Programme goes beyond education; it’s about transformation. Offering a range of courses from cocktail and wine stewards to full-fledged junior sommeliers, it provides seasoned hospitality professionals the opportunity to elevate their skills to the standards of the world’s top establishments.

Courses in the programme delve into cutting-edge stock management practices, innovative recycling protocols, and the optimization of local resources. This education not only sharpens students’ service capabilities but also promotes a more sustainable future for the hospitality industry.

Each course within this scholarship programme adheres to the prestigious ASI (Association de la Sommellerie Internationale) guidelines, setting the gold standard for sommelier service and certification. With Jean Vincent Ridon at the helm – manager of the Sommeliers Academy and the current Best Sommelier of South Africa, as well as a member of the ASI Exam & Education Committee – participants are guaranteed top-tier training and will receive a SASA Certification, recognized by 70 other member nations of the ASI. The ASI’s presence in South Africa, represented by SASA (South African Sommeliers Association), underscores the global reach and impact of this initiative.

In a country where education has often faced challenges, skill transfer and competency enhancement are vital. Ridon passionately asserts, “This programme aims to uplift the entire hospitality sector by empowering candidates with globally recognized skills. The training not only prepares them for local excellence but also opens doors for international career opportunities.”

Join us in this thrilling journey of empowerment and excellence, where the future of hospitality in Africa is being shaped one course at a time.

For more information about the Sommeliers Academy, visit their website at Sommelier Academy’s website, and for Clearworld Suppliers, visit Clearworld Suppliers’ website.