Expert Biography

Professional Activities 2004 – Present

  • Food & Beverage Educator conducting masterclasses, seminars, tastings and formal WSET courses. Certified Educator for Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and Sake School of America:
    • Teaching: Sake School of America, VSF Wine School, Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), WineEd and Aspects of Wine
    • Speaking/Lecturer: Japan Sake & Shochu Makers Association (JSS) events, Abergavenny Food Festival, Colonsay Food & Drink Festival, Expo Milano, York Food Festival, Association of Wine Educators CPD sessions, University of Gastronomic Sciences (Italy) and private functions
  • Executive Director on the Board of the British Sake Association, responsible for their educational & knowledge programmes and events
  • Competition Judging for over the past 15 years:
    • International Wine and Spirits Competition
    • International Wine Challenge
    • International Spirits Challenge
    • CINVE (Spain)
    • Le Mondial des vins blancs Strasbourg (France)
    • Berliner Wein Trophy (Germany/global)
    • Mondial des Pinots and Mondial des Chesselas (Switzerland)
  • Food & Beverage Researcher, visited, interviewed food & beverage producers and researched indigenous dishes, ingredients and drinks in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Cuba, England, France, Germany, Italy/Mediterranean Europe, Japan, Mexico, Nordic countries, Scotland, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Thailand/South East Asia and the United States of America. Awarded a competitive scholarship in 2015 to research Washoku (Japanese cuisine), sake making and related culture in Mie Prefecture, Japan.

Professional Memberships

  • Executive Director, British Sake Association
  • Council Member, Association of Wine Educators
  • Member, Circle of Wine Writers
  • Member, Japanese Culinary Academy (London)

Professional Qualifications and Education

  • Sake School of America Educator for Shōchū and Sake 2020, Sake School of America
  • JSS Sake & Shōchū Course, 2018, Japan Sake & Shōchū Makers Association
  • WSET Level 3 Certified Sake Educator, 2017, Wine & Spirits Education Trust (trained in Japan)
  • WSET Level 3 Certificate in Sake, 2015, Wine & Spirits Education Trust
  • BNIA Armagnac Diploma, 2014, Bureau National Interprofessionel de l'Armagnac (France)
  • WSET Diploma in Wine and Spirits, Wine & Spirits Education Trust
  • Diploma with Distinction, 1988, Le Cordon Bleu London
  • BSc (Hons), ARCS. Botany, 1982, Imperial College London
  • Secondary School, The Cheltenham Ladies College


“Marie is a gold mine of information on beverages, dishes and indigenous ingredients of many different cultures and regions!” – Lecturer at the University of Gastromic Sciences, Bra, Italy

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