SOMMELIER CUP 2016 - JUDGE PROFILES

>> James Tidwell MS
Tidwell is Beverage Manager with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts; Co-Founder of TEXSOM; Producer of the TEXSOM International Wine Awards; and Publisher of the magazine Sommelier. James has achieved numerous accreditations and serves the food and beverage industry through his positions on Boards of Directors for education and certification organizations. In 2005, James co-founded TEXSOM, the premiere professional beverage education conference in the country. Also in 2005, James was elected to the Society of Wine Educators Board of Directors in which capacity he served three terms. Currently, he serves on the Boards of Directors for the Court of Master Sommeliers – Americas and for the Guild of Sommeliers Education Foundation; and, serves on the Advisory Councils of the Specialty Tea Institute and the Wine and Food Foundation of Texas. In 2009, James passed the prestigious Master Sommelier examination. In addition, he has attained certifications in various areas of thebeverage industry, including the Diploma from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust; Certified Wine Educator from the Society of WineEducators; Certified ea Specialist from the Specialty Tea Institute; and, Certified Sae Professional from the Sake Education Council. Previous to entering the wine business, James graduated Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science majoring in International Trade and Finance and the Culinary Institute of America, earning a degree with Honours. He has been nominated the past fie years for a James Beard Foundation Award in the categories of Outstanding Wine Program 2011-2014 and Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional in 2015.

>> Will Predhomme
Will Predhomme’s career began in the hospitality industry in his teenage years as a cook in Windsor Ontario Canada. Fast forward 10 years & Will was leading one of Canada’s most respected wine programs, at Oliver & Bonacini’s Canoe Restaurant & Bar. Will also managed the group beverage training & education programs until starting Predhomme Inc. in 2013.  Will’s work experience includes Canadian & Global brands such as Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Harrah’s - Caesars Entertainment, & the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO). Will was awarded Best Sommelier in Ontario in 2010, & represented Canada at the Meilleur Sommelier du Monde in Tokyo Japan in 2013.  Will is producing wine under the North Shore Project label in Ontario as well as Pearce Predhomme Wines in Oregon.  In the media, Will hosts of the Wine Basic’s Video Series produced by The Globe & Mail, Canada’s largest daily newspaper. Will holds the Advanced certificate through the Court of Master Sommeliers & is an educator at the University of Guelph (Ontario).

>> Ronan Sayburn MS
Ronan was born in Scarborough, North Yorkshire and has been involved in the wine business for nearly 20 years.  His previous experience includes Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons, Pied à Terre and wine merchant OW Loeb.    He worked for the Gordon Ramsay group as Executive Head Sommelier for 8 years, mainly in the 3 Michelin star Royal Hospital Road plus created the wine lists and trained wine service teams for Claridgethe Connaught, the Savoy, Boxwood Café, Maze and several overseas operations. He was also at the Greenhouse restaurant (which has the UK’s largest wines list of 3,400 bins) and the Director of Wines and Spirits for the Hotel du Vin group (14 hotels). Also as the Head of Wines for the prestigious Dorchester Collection UK that consists of the Dorchester, Coworth Park and 45 Park Lane (with the 3 Michelin starred Alain Ducasse restaurant and Wolfgang Pucks restaurant – Cut).   Currently he runs his own consultancy and wine training company The RS Wine Academy. pecialising in managing private portfolios, wine training to the trade and public and wine events. He also acts as the COO for the Court of Master Sommeliers Europe and as Head of Wines for the private members club 67 Pall Mall.  He is also a Master Sommelier, previous winner of the UK Sommelier of the Year competition and competed twice representing the UK in the European Sommelier Competition.   When not drinking wine Ronan runs marathons and can be found deep diving shipwrecks from the south coast of England.