The Academy of Food & Wine Service is the professional body for front-of-house food and beverage service in the UK Hospitality Industry, and the benchmark for best practice standards.

We are passionate about continually raising standards of service to the consumer.

We do this by boosting the status and awareness of food and beverage service as a viable, exciting and rewarding career choice; providing education on the commercial impact of the front-of-house experience; and offering the right support, advice, inspiration and training to anyone following, or considering, a career as a sommelier, wine waiter, waiter, bar manager or restaurant manager.

Our bespoke training packages & accredited training courses, competitions, and events help front-of-house food and beverage service professionals grow in knowledge, skills and confidence, and ultimately deliver consistent service excellence.

Our Training

Knowledge, skill and motivation are crucial for businesses to succeed and for individuals to develop in their career. We are renowned for our expertise, bespoke training packages, and accredited training courses that give a cost-effective way to ensure highly-effective front-of-house food and beverage service competency from basic through to more advanced level.

We design all of our training products in collaboration with sector experts and offer a credible, effective and flexible way to up-skill and become more commercial in all areas of front-of-house food and beverage service.  Available to run in-house, externally, or in some cases online, we create inspiring, relevant and measurable training solutions for the time and resource-pressured individual, manager and business owner.  Our courses include:

  • Masterclasses – short tutorials tackling specific front-of-house skills
  • Product tutorials – a tasting and briefing on particular vintages, regions or varietals
  • Performance Improvement Programmes – two-day courses for supervisors and managers on improving profit through customer service
  • Service! Training packs – available for use in-house by individuals or trainers, these focus on core elements of front-of-house food and beverage service.
  • Licence to Work® – our new entrant courses designed to equip new recruits with a thorough knowledge of service and customer skills.

Find out more about our training

Competitions and events

Our aim is to inspire.  We run high-profile competitions and events 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.   Key events include:

  • UK Restaurant Manager of the Year
  • UK Sommelier of the Year
  • AFWS Annual Awards
  • Rising Stars in Hospitality Food & Beverage Challenge

Find out more about our competition and events

Academy of Food & Wine membership

The Academy of Food & Wine Service was acquired by the Institute of Hospitality in 2017.

The Institute’s chief executive Peter Ducker FIH explains why: “For 30 years the Academy of Food & Wine Service has provided training programmes, offering a pathway to management for those working in front-of-house service. It has run some important industry competitions and provided support to its members as the professional body for front-of-house food & beverage service.”

“Given our increased focus on training and development, this acquisition gives us a tremendous wealth of training material which will be of tremendous value to the industry, both in the UK and overseas.”

How to become a member of the Institute of Hospitality

You can find out how to join the Institute of Hospitality and all the benefits of membership on the IOH website.

Association de la Sommellerie Internationale

The Academy is the UK representative (agent) for the Association  which is the worldwide accrediting body for Sommeliers.

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