Certification examination for sake and shochu products
Since its foundation in 1969, the Japan Sommelier Association (J.S.A.) has been furthering better understanding of wine and other beverages and for their promotion in Japan. Today, the world surrounding washoku (Japanese food meeting the standards and essence of the dietary culture of Japan) and sake/shochu is changing as never before. UNESCO's recognition of washoku as an Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2013 has sparked an international rise in popularity and the number of Japanese restaurants are increasing in all major cities across the world. Culinary tech-niques of washoku are being incorporated by chefs overseas regardless of the cuisine and their restaurants have sake/shochu in their wine lists. For Japanese cuisine to be served to meet this increasing interest overseas and at even higher standards, we see a need for sommeliers and those in related professions to gain more knowledge and a deeper understanding of sake/shochu and to improve their sommelier skills of sake/shochu. Thus, we have launched a new certification, J.S.A. Sake Diploma, which is a qualification for sake/shochu. And, to provide an exten-sive source of information worldwide - specifically from the standpoint of a sommelier, we have compiled the J.S.A. Sake Diploma textbook in both Japanese and English. The new exam will be conducted in both Japanese and English. Together with this textbook, we will be introducing and spreading the information on a global scale.
Module 1: Sake Knowledges (15 hours)
Module 2: Sake and food, Service, Shochu (9 hours in restaurant)
Module 3: Sake tasting in examination format
Please refer here for course schedule.
卷二 清酒技術知識及訂立推廣計劃 （筆試）
卷三 如何推廣品嘗的清酒、侍酒知識 （盲品及筆試）
Sake Service Institute (SSI) International Kikisake-shi Course
Hong Kong Wine Academy has a leading role in Japanese Sake education in Hong Kong, and we are proud to present the most respected Japanese Sake course to Sake connoisseurs.
'Kikisake-shi' is Japanese sake industry's most prestigious professional qualifications, since Sake Service Institute (SSI) was founded in 1991, nearly thirty thousand candidates acquired this qualification. Originally, it is only designed for the Japanese domestic market, those who do not understand Japanese language are unable to enroll.
In view of this, Sake Service Institute (SSI) launched SSI International in 2009, 'International Kikisake-shi' course and examination are available outside Japan. Our Academy is proud to be first organization authorised by SSI International, in bringing this course to Hong Kong. The textbook is written in Traditional Chinese / English, teaching langauge will be in Cantonese / English, and candidates are free to choose to take the examination in Traditional Chinese or English. This is certainly a good news for sake lovers and professionals who would like to acquire "Kikisake-shi' certification.
Requirements for success as a Kikisake-shi
Alcoholic Beverages: The Basics
Ingredients of Sake
How Sake is Made
Paper 1 Basic knowledge of food and beverages including alcoholic beverages (Written)
Paper 2 Technical knowledge of sake and the formation of sales promotion (Written)
Paper 3 The formation of sales promotion through sake tasting and the knowledge regarding service (Blind tasting and written)
Please refer here for course details.