Belgium Launch of the OMGD
Hekelgem, September 19, 2019
A significant development
" the Bailliage is going to stage its first competition for young sommeliers "

Our National Bailliage was founded in 1952. So, on the basis of “better late than never” some 57 years later we are inaugurating an Ordre des Gourmets Dégustateurs (OMGD) group in Belgium.

Maître Rôtisseur Geert Gheysels and Maître Sommelier Kristine De Grave are hosting this event at their Restaurant Anobesia in Hekelgem.


Four snacks from the chef
Chant d'Éole Traditional Method Brut Blanc de blancs


Sea bass "on the plancha"
spinach - fennel - pomegranate - pumpkin
Chardonnnay 2015 - Genoels Elderen

Fillet of guinea fowl “fine champagne”
chestnut mushrooms - autumn vegetables - truffle
Celeriac Tajine
Pinot Noir 2016 - Aldeneyck

Doyenné - bitter chocolate - almond milk - cranberry

Coffee with sweetmeats

To reserve your place at this historic occasion please click this link: reservations website

Establishing the OMGD is a significant development in itself. However the innovation does not end there as the National Council has also decided that Belgium will enter the International Jeunes Sommeliers Competition for the first time. Therefore, on March 30, 2020, the Bailliage is going to stage its first competition for young sommeliers working at Chaîne-member establishments in Belgium.

The winner will have the prestige of being honoured as the Bailliage’s “Best Young Sommelier for 2020” and represent Belgium at the International Final of the Jeunes Sommeliers Competition being held in Paris in September next year. As part of the prize, the winner will be further coached by our professional sommeliers for this international challenge.

Detailed information about the competition can be found at: Bailliage of Belgium website

To register their interest, potential competitors should send an e-mail to either: or

If you are a passionate young sommelier and secretly dream of the ultimate perfection, then this challenge is definitely for you!

Ilse Duponcheel
Chargée de Presse

Photos (c) Anobesia     Logo (c) La Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs