As avid watchers of shows like Chopped, Top Chef, and Iron Chef, we all enjoy the excitement of a cooking competition! Austin is going to be receiving a taste of this excitement with this year’s Somms Under Fire Competition on January, 26th at the AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center.

In the competition Advanced Sommelier Paula De Pano, Advanced Sommelier Nathan T Prater, and Certified Sommelier James Watkins will be testing their wine and food pairing skills in front of a live audience! The winner of the Somms Under Fire compeition will receive an internship in Burgundy, France with British Master of Wine, Jasper Morris. The event will feature wine from all over the world and food prepared by Chef Shawn Cirkiel of Parkside Projects, which includes Parkside Restaurant, Olive & June Restaurant, The Backspace Restaurant, and the soon opening Chavez.

Tickets for the event are $65 for General Admission and $125 for VIP, which offers preferred seating during the competition and judging. VIP also offers a one-hour burgundy tasting and education course, led by Peter Wasserman of Becky Wasserman Selections. Wine & Food Foundation of Texas Cru members receive a special discounted $50 ticket for admission to the event!

For more information and to purchase tickets for this special Austin food event visit http://sommsunderfire.com/

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