Awards and Qualifications

Catering and Wine Qualifications

Date Award Awarding body
2016 Sommelier Diploma Gold Level Association de la Sommellerie Internationale
2014 Best Sommelier in the World Association de la Sommellerie Internationale
2013 Wine MBA (Best Overall Student) BEM Bordeaux (now Kedge)
2013 Professional Certificate in Spirits WSET (London)
2000 Sensory Evaluation of Wine Plumpton College, UK
1998 Master of Wine Institute of Masters of Wine (London)
1998 Medal Bollinger for Best Taster IMW (Institute of Masters of Wine)
1996 Best Sommelier in Europe Ruinart (Reims)
1992 Best International Sommelier for French Wine Sopexa France
1992 UK Sommelier of the Year AFWS (Academy of Food & Wine Service)
1990 Diploma WSET (London)
1989 Master Sommelier Court of Master Sommeliers
1989 UK Sommelier of the Year AFWS (Academy of Food & Wine Service)
1988 Best UK Sommelier for French wines Sopexa UK
1988 Winner, Grants of St James’s Scholarship WSET/ Grants of St James’s
1985 CAP Sommelier French National Education (Lyon)
1983 CAP Restaurant French National Education (Lyon)
1982 CAP Cuisine French National Education (Lyon)

Special Awards

Date Award Awarding body
2016 Lifetime Patron National Restaurateurs Dinner (NRD)
2014 Catey Wine & Spirit Ambassador The Caterer Magazine
2014 Best Ambassador/Communicator, French Wines Harpers Wine & Spirit Magazine
2013 Best Ambassador/Communicator, French Wines Harpers Wine & Spirit Magazine
2013 UK Restaurateurs Hall of Fame AWFS (Academy of Food & Wine Service)
2013 Man of the Year Decanter Magazine
2012 Top 100 Most Powerful People in Hospitality Caterer & Hotelkeeper Magazine
2012 Maître Sommelier UDSF (French Sommelier Association)
2011 Order of the British Empire (OBE) Cabinet Office and HM The Queen
2011 Industry Legend Imbibe Magazine
2011 Wine Personality of the Year Harpers Wine & Spirit Magazine
2010 Top 100 Most Powerful People in Hospitality Caterer & Hotelkeeper Magazine
2010 Catey Special Award Caterer & Hotelkeeper Magazine
2010 Wine Personality of the Year IWC (International Wine Challenge)
2000 Special Contribution to the On-Trade Drinks Business Magazine
2005 Special Achievement Award AWFS (Academy of Food & Wine Service)
2004 On-trade UK Personality of the Year Sopexa UK
2001 Catey Hotel of the Year (Hotel du Vin) Caterer & Hotelkeeper Magazine
1997 Medal of Saint-Etienne Saint-Etienne Town Hall
1996 Dom Pérignon Cup AFWS (Academy of Food & Wine Service)
1996 Catey Newcomer Award (Hotel du Vin) Caterer & Hotelkeeper
1993 Marques de Caceres Award Rioja Marques de Caceres
1992 Calvert Cup AFWS (Academy of Wine Service)
1992 Best of the Best Sommelier Courvoisier
1990 Calvet Cup AFWS (Academy of Wine Service)
1989 Calvet Cup AFWS (Academy of Wine Service)

Leadership and Advisory Roles

Date Award Awarding body
2014 Honorary President WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust)
2014 Head of Sommelier Competition Committee Association de la Sommellerie Internationale
2013 Vice Chair Decanter World Wine Awards
2011 President (European) Court of Master Sommeliers
2007 Technical Director Academy of Food and Wine Service
2007 Echanson Chaine des Rôtisseurs UK