The William Heptinstall Award











Trustee Directors:

Chris Bonsall MA, LLM

Chris Bonsall is a Past Chairman of The International Wine & Food Society and is the immediate Past Chairman of its Wines Committee. Previously he was Chairman of its European & African Committee. He is a holder of the André Simon Gold Medal. While practicing as a lawyer in Hong Kong for 20 years, he organised and chaired what was then the most prestigious independent wine show in Asia known as Winpac between 1999 and 2003.

Janet Davies

A long term member of The International Wine & Food Society, having played an active role in the London Branch for many years, and is a holder of the André Simon Bronze Medal. She is an enthusiastic amateur cook, with long standing passion for food and wine, who has obtained the WSET level 3 with merit.

Brian Turner, CBE

Chef, restaurateur, author and television personality. Currently he is President of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts.

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John Valentine BSc(Eng), CEng

Former member of Council, and Secretary/Treasurer, of The International Wine & Food Society and member, and former Chairman, of its European & African Committee. He is a holder of the André Simon Gold Medal. He was, until recently, Chairman of a range of pension and other trusts, and is currently a trustee director of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts.

John Williams, MBE

Executive Chef of The Ritz Hotel and former Head Chef of Claridge's Hotel. Currently he is Executive Chairman of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts.

Representing the Worshipful Company of Cooks:

Simon Fooks

Managing Director, Merchant Taylors' Catering Ltd., Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Cooks and a member of its Assistance of Cookery Committee and Charities Committee, Liveryman of the Merchant Taylors' Company.


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Nick Edgar 2004 Shorty at Work

Melissa Paul 2015

Magalie Leray 2003 Villa d’Este