Monday 4th July saw the launch of The MICHELIN Guide Nordic Countries 2022, in the impressive surroundings of the Stavanger Concert Hall in Norway, in collaboration with the Rogaland County Municipality, the City of Stavanger, Visit Region Stavanger and the Stavanger Concert Hall.
Hosted by the International Director of the MICHELIN Guides, Gwendal Poullennec, the evening saw the award of Michelin Stars, Green Stars and Bib Gourmands. There were also four special awards presented during the event:
• Welcome and Service
• Chef Mentor
• Young Chef
This year’s winner of our Sommelier Award, which was sponsored by Consorzio Barbera d’Asti, went to Christina Haukka from Kaskis restaurant in Turku, Finland.
What particularly caught the attention of the Inspectors was Christina’s personality. Her relaxed and personable style makes choosing wines to complement the set menu a pleasure. Her extensive knowledge is impressive and she also has a refreshingly open-minded and inquisitive approach – proven by her interest in sake.
Trained in Paris and Bordeaux, with plenty of experience in some fine restaurants, she continues to expand her knowledge by visiting producers, exploring their wineries and sampling their wines.
Christina is a sommelier who really impresses with her passion. She clearly enjoys sharing her discoveries with diners and her tailored pairings not only perfectly match the dishes on the set menu but also contribute considerably to one’s enjoyment of dinner.
Christina’s delight was made even greater when Gwendal announced that Kaskis had been awarded a Michelin Star.