Our aim is to inspire.  We run high-profile competitions that give front-of-house food and beverage service professionals the opportunity to develop, showcase and celebrate their skills, talents and achievements in front of well-known industry peers.  Our judging panels feature the biggest names in the industry and participation is a great way to gain deserved recognition and enhance career prospects.

Competitors, attendees and sponsors also benefit from first-rate networking with like-minded colleagues and senior professionals from across the sector and wider industry – fantastic for raising profiles, sharing ideas and growing knowledge.

If you are interested please call on 01276 684 449.

Eric Zweibel has been selected to be the UK Representative for The Best Sommelier in The World


Eric Zweibel, Head Sommelier, Summer Lodge Hotel (centre) will represent the UK in The Best Sommelier in the World competition 2016 to be held in Mendoza Argentina.

The selection process saw previous winners of the UK Sommelier of The Year competition compete against each other to see who had the necessary skills to compete against the best sommeliers in the world.

The Academy would like to wish Eric all the best next year!

L-R Clement Robert Medlar, Eric Zweibel Summer Lodge Hotel, Tanguy Martin Hotel TerraVina.

Sommelier Tanguy Martin is the 2015 Moët UK Sommelier of the Year!

Tanguy Martin, head sommelier at Hotel TerraVina, won the Moët UK Sommelier of the Year 2015 following a closely contested final

Second was head sommelier at Maze Gordon Ramsay, Arnaud Bardary, with Romain Bourger head sommelier of The Vineyard at Stockcross third.




You can read the full story from The Caterer here: http://content.yudu.com/A3q1sd/SOY2015/

The Moët UK Sommelier of the Year competition is organised by the Academy of Food & Wine Service and has been running since 1980.


2014              Kathrine Larsen
2013              Clement Robert
2012              Jan Konetzki


2011              Yohann Josselin
2010              Christopher Delalonde
2009              Laura Rhys
2008              Gearoid Devaney

Alper Zan, Café Rouge The UK Restaurant Manager of The Year 2014!

Alper Zan: the new UK Restaurant Manager of the Year

Our UK Restaurant Manager of the Year competition, showcases front-of-house food and beverage service excellence in a nationwide search for the best restaurant managers in the UK.

Through a series of challenging stages, we seek to find the restaurant manager who excels front-of-house, has fantastic people skills, is able to manage and inspire a team, and can demonstrate strong business acumen and a thorough knowledge of the restaurant trade.

The exhilarating competition process, from the first stage through to the grand final, is followed and judged by industry experts.   All entrants have a unique opportunity to put themselves and their talents in front of some of the biggest names in front-of-house food and beverage service.  The overall winner is announced at a gala dinner attended by the great and the good of the industry, where finalists receive the recognition they deserve and their achievements are celebrated.

The winning restaurant manager receives the ultimate accolade of being crowned UK Restaurant Manager of the Year, plus a once-in-a-life time, career-enhancing prize.  In the past, this has included a week in New York to complete a stage at one of the Big Apple’s top restaurants.

Click here to find out more about the 2016 UK Restaurant Manager of the Year 

Past winners

2015 Ian Sturrock, Arts Club
2014 Alper Zan, Cafe Rouge
2013 Janine Swales, Tottenham Hotspur, London
2012 Peter McAlister, Culloden Estate and Spa, Belfast
2011 Michele Caggianese, Jumeirah Carlton Tower hotel, London
2010 David Hennigan, The Crown at Whitebrook and Celtic Manor, Monmouthshire
2009 Peter Avis, Babylon restaurant at the Roof Gardens, London

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