The Taittinger UK Sommelier of the Year competition recognises the very finest talent in wine service. Organised by The Caterer, in partnership with the Academy of Food and Wine Service, the event is open to professional sommeliers working in the UK.


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.


Last year’s winner, Alexandre Freguin from Moor Hall in Ormskirk, Lancashire, impressed the judges with his breadth of wine knowledge, confident performance and ability to control the stage under the significant pressure of the live final.