We have strong links with many key companies and organisations from across the UK hospitality industry that recognise and support our goal, and our work, to continually raise the standards of service to the consumer.

In supporting us, they also demonstrate their own ongoing commitment to the front-of-house food and beverage industry.

If you are interested in becoming a supporter of AFWS, please contact Suzanne by email or on 01276 417 817

We are proud to be supported by and associated with the following organisations:

Key Sponsors

The Academy of Food & Wine Service (AFWS) is delighted to announce that premier Champagne house Moët & Chandon has signed a three-year sponsorship of its prestigious UK Sommelier of the Year competition.

“The UK Sommelier of the Year is a great fit with Moët & Chandon and we are very much looking forward to working with them as our new sponsor. Moët is one of the best-known and most prestigious champagne houses so this is great news for the future of the competition,” said AFWS executive director Sophie Roberts-Brown.

Said Moët & Chandon marketing manager Emelie De Vitis: “Since 1989, Moët & Chandon has been the trusted and inseparable partner of the World’s Best Sommelier Competition, so in 2012 we are delighted to take the natural step of becoming the title partner of the UK Sommelier of the Year competition. As the world’s most loved champagne brand, Moët & Chandon is proud to highlight its attachment to the sommelier profession and to encourage its development through education and training in the UK. We look forward to a hotly contested competition in 2012 and to growing our involvement with the entrants in years to come.”

AA Hotel Services

The AA has been inspecting and rewarding hotels since 1908, and is proud to offer one of the UK’s leading accommodation recognition schemes. The knowledge and experience of the AA’s inspectorate is unrivalled, and an AA rating is one of the most trusted forms of recognition in the hospitality industry. The AA is continually developing and evolving so that it can offer even greater benefits to our AA-recognised establishments.

Lanson International

Lanson International UK is the ‘House of Brands’, offering champagne solutions to fit all requirements within the category.  Houses represented by Lanson International include Champagne Lanson and Lanson Noble Cuvée, Besserat de Bellefon Cuvée des Moines and Tsarine.   Lanson International believes strongly in viewing champagne as a wine rather than purely a label.  It is with this in mind that L’Académie de Lanson is being launched in 2011 – a concept designed to engage with and enlighten all champagne drinkers – from the consumer wishing to explore the varying styles of champagne, to members of the food, drink and hospitality trade, looking to understand, stock and serve a  balanced champagne offering.

The group’s signature brand, Champagne Lanson, was founded in 1760 by Francois Delamotte, making it the fourth oldest House in the world. In 2010, Champagne Lanson celebrated its 250th year, marked with the release of the Little Black Book of Champagne.

The current Chef de Cave, Jean Paul Gandon, has been with the house for 39 years and is proud to remain true to the house style and the traditional and enduring crafting methods that avoid the use of malolactic fermentation.  All of the champagnes, even non-vintage, are aged in our cellars for at least 36 months to ensure a resulting crisp, fresh, pure taste, with an exceptional purity of fruit making them the perfect start choice for drinks with friends, meal or any celebration.  Champagne Lanson has a wide range of wines including the Black, Gold, Rosé and Ivory Labels, Noble Cuvée and Extra Age champagnes.

Besserat de Bellefon was first founded in Aÿ in 1843 by Eduard Besserat.  In 1930, his son, Edmond was challenged by the owner of Paris restaurant ‘La Samaritaine de Luxe’ to create a light sparkling champagne of great finesse that could be drunk throughout a meal.  If successful, the restaurateur promised to buy a thousand cases.  Edmond created the Cuvée de Moines range and won the business.  The wines are produced exclusively using the cremant process.  The result is a creamier wine, with deep aromas and a lingering soft mouth texture – the perfect match to food.  Besserat de Bellefon Cuvée des Moines is proud to support the UK Restaurant Manager of the Year awards, and will be served at the 2011 gala dinner.

Tsarine, the final brand within Lanson International, again offers something different to the category.  Tsarine was originally created to honour the Russian Tsars in the nineteenth century, one of the most important markets for Champagne at the time.  These champagnes offer an elegant and slightly richer style with a luxury look.  One third of the wine does not go through malolactic fermentation in order to achieve complexity and freshness – in keeping with the other wines of Lanson International UK.

L’Académie de Lanson encompasses the aim of Lanson International to educate all champagne drinkers and encourages the exploration of its House styles and the category as a whole.


Savoy Educational Trust (SET)

The Savoy Educational Trust is an independent, grant giving charitable trust, whose main aim is to advance and develop education, training and qualifications within the hospitality industry.

The Trustees award grants for a wide variety of hospitality related projects to: educational establishments to enhance training and education faciltities for their hospitality departments; associations to support those initiatives that will make a real difference to the hospitality industry; charitable organisations/social enterprises with specific hospitality related projects; and individuals studying hospitality.

The Savoy Educational Trust generously donates a number of travel scholarships and bursaries as prizes in the Academy of Food & Wine Service Annual Awards for Excellence.

AFWS Partners

AFWS Supporters
For more information on becoming a supporter of the Academy,
please contact Daniel on or by phoning 01276 417 896.

Links to other Industry Bodies

Royal Academy Of Culinary Arts
British Institute of Innkeeping (BII)
British Hospitality Association
Court of Master Sommeliers (MS)
Institute of Hospitality
Master Innholders (MI)
Restaurant Association
Tourism Society
Craft Guild of Chefs
Food & Beverage Managers Association

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