The International Wine & Food Society
The International Wine & Food Society is the oldest and most renowned gastronomic society in the world, with approximately 6,500 members and about 140 branches in 30 countries worldwide. Founded in 1933 by André Simon CBE, Légion d'Honneur, the most celebrated wine personality of his era, and the author AJA Symons, the IWFS is administered by a Council, members of which are currently drawn from four countries.
At the heart of the Society are the frequent activities organized by its branches, which are grouped into three Zones: the Americas; the Asian Pacific; and the European & African. The work of the Society is co-ordinated by the International Secretariat, based in The In & Out Club in London's St James's Square.
The Worshipful Company of Cooks
The Worshipful Company of Cooks was granted its first charter by King Edward IV in 1482. The Master and Wardens had powers of supervision over the trade in the City of London and suburbs. They also controlled the system of apprenticeships, maintained standards of trade and, in addition, provided charity.
The Company has always encouraged various schemes to teach the art and science of cookery. Today its main efforts are focused on the encouragement of young people in craft training.
The Trustee is most grateful to the Worshipful Company of Cooks for their contribution to the funding and administration of the William Heptinstall Award in recent years.