|WSET announces shortlist for Educator of the Year awards|
|Written by Carol Emmas|
|Wednesday, 02 January 2013 12:50|
The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has revealed the names of its top course providers shortlisted to receive one of two Educator of the Year trophies.
Sponsored by glassware producer Riedel, the aim is to reward UK and global individuals and companies who have made a significant contribution to WSET courses and qualifications in the past year, and who have achieved superlative results in WSET programmes, whilst demonstrating commitment and innovation in education.
The shortlisted providers are: African and Eastern (United Arab Emirates), AWSEC (Asia), Direct Wines (Global), Enjoy Discovering Wine (UK), Grape Experience Boston (USA), Hakkasan (UK), Independent Wine Education Guild (Canada), Matthew Clark (UK), West London Wine School (UK), The Wine School Brasil (Brazil).
The nominees will be considered by a judging panel comprising Allan Cheesman (member of WSET Awards supervisory board), Christian Davis (editor Drinks International), Laura Jewell MW (Tesco, and WSET chairman) and John Hinckley (Riedel UK). The winners will be announced during WSET's Awards and Graduation Ceremony at the Guildhall in London on January 21.
WSET chief executive Ian Harris, said: "We have a very strong and global list this time round with some contenders active in multiple countries, and everything from relatively new and innovative providers to experienced operators who work on a much bigger scale without losing focus on the individual student. The judging panel are going to find it hard to choose between them, as all of them are great examples of the professional and committed approach to education taken by WSET's providers around the world."