A sommelier is a fancy French word for a trained and educated wine professional, who usually works in a restaurant and matches wines with foods and is an expert in wine service.
But apparently Korea's "World Food Culture Center" is offering 8-week courses on becoming a kimchi sommelier for 1 million won, and Korea's "Makgeolli School" has had a pilot program of 10 2-hour lectures to set students on the course of finer makgeolli appreciation.
“Kimchi may be Korea’s representative food, yet aside from well-known kimchi masters we don’t have too many experts,” said Yang Hyang-ja, the CEO of the WFCC. “With cheap kimchi being made overseas we need to arm ourselves with kimchi sommeliers to preserve its true flavor.”
The aim of both courses is the same: create Korean food experts who can rate and grade the different types of kimchi and makgeolli.