he Taittinger UK Sommelier of the Year competition has been running since 1980 and recognises the very finest talent in wine service.
Run by The Caterer, in partnership with the Academy of Food and Wine Service, the event is open to professional sommeliers working in the UK and has formed part of the Jacobs Media Group portfolio since its acquisition in 2017.
Widely regarded as the premier accolade in UK wine service, past winners include some of the industry’s leading lights when it comes to wine knowledge, including Gerard Basset, Nicolas Clerc, Ronan Sayburn and Xavier Rousset. Candidates are judged on their wine and drink expertise as well as their ability to deal efficiently and knowledgeably with customers by demonstrating exemplary front of house skills.
The awards are recognised by the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI) and are delivered by the team behind The Caterer, led by editor James Stagg.