The Academy of Food and Wine Service (AFWS) established in 1988, is the professional body for front-of-house service. Dedicated to improving the status and awareness of food and beverage service as a viable career choice, raising standards across the industry and encouraging teamwork with other colleagues. AFWS can offer advice and training to anyone following or considering, a career as a sommelier, wine waiter, waiter, bar manager or restaurant manager. Read more...

The Academy's Training Programmes

Get on track

As the professional body for the Food & Beverage Service sector, the Academy has developed a comprehensive range of Training programmes, designed to attract, retain and motivate staff.

"Training should be seen as a business investment not as cost"



Licence To Work

A series of foundation courses covering all aspects of Food & Beverage Service. Designed by industry experts, this new E-Learning System offers cost effective & flexible methods of improving your skills & knowledge.

Masterclasses, awards and national competitions

World class events

The Academy runs a number of events throughout the year including product masterclasses, national competitions and awards. These events not only showcase the range and diversity of the Hospitality industry but provide fantastic networking opportunities for all within the industry.


Academy seeks entries to Moët UK Sommelier of the Year 2014

Entries are now being sought for this year’s Moët UK Sommelier of the Year 2014, as the Academy of Food & Wine Service launches the 35th year of the competition. Wine waiters and sommeliers from all sectors of the industry Read more…

The Dorchester Collection

4 Sommelier Roles at The Dorchester Collection
The Dorchester logo with grey background 2012

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Management Development

Management Development Program for Northcote Group

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Assistant Bar & Restaurant manager

Needed for our award winning Chino Latino restaurant.

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AFWS launches UK Guild of Restaurant Service

The Academy of Food & Wine Service (AFWS), the UK’s professional body for front of house food and beverage service, has revised its membership structure, introducing a membership category specifically for young people in the profession. As from next month Read more…