The international Court of Master Sommeliers announces Frederick L. Dame as the first American Master Sommelier to be elected into the prestigious position as President. Dame's duties in this position, which he will hold for a two-year term, include driving the overall global strategy of the court as well as serving as the spokesperson for the association on an international basis. In his role, he will insure that the chapters in America, the U.K. and Germany are working in concert and will help spearhead the formation of other global branches of the prestigious organization. He will also continue to play an integral part of the American Chapter's educational programs.

Dame was the first American to successfully pass all three parts of the Master Sommelier Diploma Exam in a single year back in 1984. This feat and his high score won him the coveted Champagne Krug Cup of the Court of Masters of The British Guild of Sommeliers. Dame played a pivotal role in the formation of the American Chapter of the Court of Master Sommeliers in 1986 and has played an active role in the expansion of the Master Sommelier program throughout America since that time.

"It is a great honor to be elected to this position and to be recognized for all of the hard work done in the United States," said Dame. "I look at this as a great opportunity to integrate the knowledge and excitement that Court of Master Sommeliers has to offer to the service industry in the U.K., Germany and the U.S."

The American Chapter of the Court of Master Sommeliers is also pleased to announce the results their elections. Evan Goldstein, M.S. will retain the position of Chairman for a second three-year term. Robert Bath, M.S. and Tim Gaiser, M.S. were elected to the position of Vice-Chairmen. The new scholarship Chairman for the American Chapter is Sally Mohr, M.S.

The Court of Master Sommeliers was established in England in 1977 to encourage improved standards of beverage service knowledge in restaurants and hotels. The title Master Sommelier marks the highest recognition of wine, liquor, and beverage service abilities and professionalism in the hospitality trade worldwide. Education was then, and remains today, the Court's charter.

To learn more about the Court of Master Sommeliers, please call or write:

The Court of Master Sommeliers, American Chapter
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