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 Beaumard was responsible for creating Le Cinq’s 50,000-bottle wine cellar and has overseen its operations since it opened in 1999 Beaumard was responsible for creating Le Cinq’s 50,000-bottle wine cellar and has overseen its operations since it opened in 1999

Chef at Four Seasons Named Knight of the Legion of Honour

Eric Beaumard, chef sommelier, Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris, has won a significant number of awards throughout his career and on March 15 he was made Knight of the Legion of Honour.

At the age of 14, Beaumard commenced an apprenticeship as a cook, and he soon began educating himself in the magic of associating the gastronomic and wine worlds.

A severe motorbike accident four years later affected the use of his right arm and hampered his future kitchen career. Undeterred, Beaumard switched his focus to wine, and by the age of 20 he had reinvented himself as a sommelier.

"Sommellerie is not only my job but also my passion,” outlined Beaumard. “I love travelling throughout French vineyards, meeting the wine producers and discovering and tasting new treasures.”

He is widely acknowledged as one of the best in the business and has won a string of titles during his career, including Best Young Sommelier in France 1987, Best Sommelier in France 1992, Best Sommelier in Europe 1994 (Ruinart Championships), and a World’s Best Sommelier 1998 silver medal.