“It is with great pleasure that I can announce on behalf of the Scholarship Awards Committee the first recipients of the Otto Hinderer MS Scholarship 2014. The Award was created in recognition of the commitment and dedication of members of the Court of Master Sommeliers and to encourage more people who are self funded to progress through the Court of Master Sommeliers Advanced Sommelier Programme.

A number of applications from around the world were submitted and two candidates were awarded a bursary of £250 each towards the cost of a future Advanced Sommelier Course Fee. The standard of applicants from around the world was exceptionally high and emphasised the international standing of the Court. Both demonstrated great achievement and future aspiration.”

Otto Hinderer MS


2014 Recipients

Mr Jan-Willem van der Hek

Career Highlights: Top 16 at Le Concours du Meilleur Sommelier d’Europe San Remo/Monaco 2013

First place Trophee Henriot, Dutch Championship for Sommeliers 2012

Top 27 at Le Concours du Meilleur Sommelier du Monde, Tokyo 2013

Awarded second highest result at the Court of Master Sommeliers Introductory Course and Certified Sommelier Exam in Thallern, Austria 2013.


 Ms Paz Levinson

Career Highlights: WSET Advanced Course passed with distinction 2009

Best Sommelier of Argentina 2010

Court of Master Sommelier Introductory Course & Certified Exam 2011

Semi finalist at Le Concour du Meilleur Sommelier du Monde, Tokyo 2013

ASI Best Sommelier of the Americas 2012, achieved 4th place



Latest News: To mark the success of the introduction of the Scholarship, Otto Hinderer has now agreed to fund £250 for all Scholarship Award winners towards their first Master Sommelier Exam attempt.