Founder & Principal Tutor
All of our events are hosted by our founder and Cheshire resident, Richard Smith, who will share more than twenty-five years of knowledge about all things wine – as well as a few anecdotes (but alas, no secrets!) from his time as a butler.
Richard graduated from Norwich Hotel School and further trained at the world-renowned Lanesborough Hotel on Hyde Park Corner, London: a former winner of Best Hotel in the World from Condé Nast. Richard also enjoyed several years at London’s Savoy Group and Four Seasons-Regent Hotels. He is proud to include several members of the British Royal Family as well as international heads of state and a host of top celebrities among his clients.
Richard has worked with a number of organisations assisting with training and development within the hospitality industry including both Mid Cheshire & West Cheshire colleges. Richard is delighted to write the wine column for The Taster Magazine: the alternative magazine for sustainable, ethical & organic food and drink. This fantastic publication is distributed throughout the UK every quarter and is available at the cookery schools of Pru Leith, Raymond Blanc and Michel Roux Junior. Richard is proud to be the wine writer for Chester.com too. You can read his latest wine recommendations to be found in and around the City of Chester and he has recently featured in The Daily Mail and Cheshire Life