Nina Jensen (Denmark)
I am:
Head Sommelier at Restaurant Lyst, Vejle
What inspired me to become a sommelier:
The people I was surrounded with during my internship as a waiter. They remain some of the most skilled sommeliers in Denmark today: to get such a passionate introduction to wine has been alpha & omega.
My role model is:
My dad☺️ But as a sommelier I have several. I could mention Serge Dubs, Arvid Rosengren and Christian Thorsholt.
My greatest professional achievement is:
Winning silver at ASI Best Sommelier of the World in 2019.
My favourite food and beverage match is:
Impossible! Maybe vin jaune with poulet and morels??
What I enjoy most about taking part in ‘Best Sommelier’ competitions
The energy there: meeting all the other candidates, feeling the adrenaline rush and gaining inspiration for improvement.


Photo: Nina Jensen competing at ASI Best Sommelier of the World in 2019, where she placed second out of 66 competitors. (Image courtesy of ASI)