Ellen Franzén (Sweden)
Head sommelier at Restaurant Gastrologik, Stockholm.
|What inspired me to become a sommelier:
To be able to work with something I really love, everyday! I have also been very lucky to meet a lot of people that inspired me to compete.
|My role model is:
The achievements of Gerard Basset have always been a source of inspiration, and still are. Also Madeleine Stenwreth MW – a real power lady!
|My greatest professional achievement is:
Winning the Swedish Sommelier Championship in 2019, and also winning the Ruinart Nordic Challenge the same year.
|My favourite food and beverage match is:
Salt and vinegar chips with oyster emulsion dip together with a Blanc de Blancs champagne…
|What is the one piece of advice you would give to someone just starting their career in wine?
Find someone that will help you keep on striving, because it’s a long road with a lot of lonely hours of tasting and studying, so support is the key! And of course, don’t give up!