When the news rolled in earlier this week that Toronto’s Jennifer Huether had been awarded the distinguished Master Sommelier designation, we were running to open the champagne so as to raise a toast in her honour.
Jennifer’s years of dedication, hard work, and study have now been officially recognised by the Court of Master Sommelier, making her this great country’s very first female Master Sommelier, and our third after John Szabo and Bruce Wallner.
Jennifer currently acts in the role of Head Sommelier at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd., overseeing a stable of some of Toronto’s finest Sommeliers (and is coincidentally mentioned and quoted in our Australia Redefined piece this week!)
Good Food Revolution would like to heartily congratulate Jennifer Huether MS upon receiving this designation.
You are a true inspiration to all of us.
John Szabo, Master Sommelier:
I’m absolutely thrilled at Jennifer’s success in passing the Master Sommelier exam. Nobody has worked harder or deserves this distinction more that she. She has been, and will continue to be a great ambassador for the sommelier profession, and will be an inspiration for many others. I’m honoured to have her as our first female MS in Canada.
Michelle McCarthy VP and Director of Education,
Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS) Ontario:
We were delighted to receive the great news that Jennifer has achieved the prestigious designation of Master Sommelier, awarded on February 11, 2011, and that she is the first woman in Canada to do so. It is an acknowledgement of Jennifer’s skill, effort, dedication and professionalism. She joins fellow CAPS members, John Szabo and Bruce Wallner in being able to add the initials ‘MS’ after her name. She is a great contributor to the Ontario Chapter of CAPS, both as a Board Member and as an Instructor in our Certified Sommelier certification program. Congratulations!”Michelle McCarthy.
Canoe Restaurant and Bar/Jump Restaurant, Toronto:
Jen’s dedication is inspiring. The Master Sommelier designation is incredibly hard to achieve, though I can’t think of anyone else in the Canadian wine scene that has more earned this title. Jen has been committed to not only her education but the education of others, & has been a source of inspiration for me to write the final MS examination this year. Jen truly believes a rising tide raises all ships, & generously spends her time with others looking to better their wine education, making the wine community richer for her being in it.