Internationally renowned Master Sommelier Ronan Sayburn has launched his own wine academy where he will offer to both the public and the trade WSET level 2 and 3 training and specialist Masterclasses on a wide variety of subjects. The RS Wine Academy will also be involved in trade, corporate and public wine events, managing private client portfolios and PR.
Being a Master Sommelier (one of only 214 in the world), and a previous winner of the UK Sommelier of the Year competition, Sayburn is ideally positioned to offer the highest quality of wine education and training as he is a regular judge for the Sommelier of the Year Competition, various tasting competitions throughout the world (including the Decanter World Wine Awards) and an examiner for the Court of Master Sommeliers.
“I have been extremely fortunate in the help and guidance I have been given during my career by working with some of the best chefs and wine experts in the world. Without them I would never have been able to develop and explore my passion for wine. One of the great pleasures in my life is being able to impart the knowledge I have learnt to the next generation of wine lovers and members of the public wanting to know more about the fascinating subject of wine.
“Over the years I have helped train thousands of people who have an interest in wine whether it is to develop their careers or just for their own pleasure. Establishing my own wine academy allows me to offer education and training to even more people and organisations and I cannot wait to get started.”
Sayburn has impressive credentials to offer visitors to his wine academy. He worked for the Gordon Ramsay group as Executive Head Sommelier for 8 years, mainly in the 3-Michelin star Royal Hospital Road restaurant but he also created the wine lists and trained wine service teams for Claridge’s, the Connaught, the Savoy, Boxwood Café, Maze and several overseas operations in places such as Dubai, Tokyo and New York.
Other previous appointments include working with Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons, Tom Atkins at Pied à Terre, wine merchant OW Loeb and the Greenhouse Restaurant (which has the UK’s largest wines list of 3,400 bins). He was also the Wine and Spirit Director at the Hotel du Vin group, a boutique, 14 hotel chain which is themed around wine. Until recently he was the Head of Wines for the Dorchester Collection UK – 3 luxury hotels (The Dorchester, 45 Park Lane and Coworth Park).
“Ronan is the ultimate professional. He is as passionate about teaching and passing on his immeasurable knowledge as he is skilful at pouring wine!”
Michel Roux Jr, Le Gavroche
“Having known Ronan for more than twenty years and been involved with him on several wine projects I can testify of his outstanding talent. Not only Ronan has great wine tasting skills and a deep knowledge of wine but he is also a wonderful communicator. Finally, Ronan is very charismatic and a lovely person to be with.”
Gerard Basset MS, MW, OBE, Hotel Terravina & former World Sommelier of the Year
“Ronan combines knowledge, empathy and hands on experience of working in some of the world’s best restaurants: that’s what makes him such a great educator.”
Tim Atkin MW
“Passionate and very talented, Ronan has always been extremely pro-active in training and teaching younger generation of sommeliers. Now is a great opportunity for everyone to enjoy Ronan’s expertise.”
Xavier Rousset MS, Texture & 28-50 Restaurants
“Having worked with Ronan Sayburn in the past, I have seen first-hand his expertise, people skills, passion, and knowledge of wine and wine service. Ronan is a very well-respected Master Sommelier within the hospitality industry, his background, experience and training style is exceptional, and I truly encourage any up-and-coming professional or wine enthusiast to make the most of his new wine academy.”
Simon King, The Fat Duck Group
Other testimonials: www.rs-wine-academy.com/testimonials