Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Montreal Man Is World’s First Syrup Sommelier

MONTREAL (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A Montreal chef has a sweet gig – and a sweet title – as the world’s first “syrup sommelier.”

His name is Omar Fathallah and he’s the chef and syrup sommelier at the Loews Hotel Vogue in Montreal.

Fathallah was born in Morocco but he’s so sweet on Canadian maple syrup that he puts the same attention to its various styles and flavor profiles that a wine sommelier puts into vino.

It’s not as easy as it sounds. Although maple syrup is supposed to be sweet, experts have discovered 13 separate “flavor families,” which are subdivided into 39 subfamilies.

In fact, some syrups can have flavors reminiscent of everything from brown sugar and banana to sawdust and hay.

Fathallah is hoping to raise public awareness of maple syrup’s broad spectrum by offering menus designed to best show off the unique combinations.

For instance, he says a syrup that is perfect for pancakes shouldn’t be used on muffins.

Fathallah also hopes to get syrup fans sweet on its healthful qualities, including its high amount of magnesium and zinc.

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