Gerard Basset MW
Gerard Basset MW was born and raised in France. After qualifying as a chef, he moved to England in the mid-1980s, embarking on a career as a sommelier. He has been named Best Sommelier in the UK several times, as well as Best International Sommelier for French Wines in 1992 and Best Sommelier of Europe in 1996; and in April this year, Basset realised his long-held dream of becoming the Best Sommelier in The World. In addition, he is the only person in the world to be simultaneously a Master Sommelier, Master of Wine and hold a Wine MBA. In 1994, he co-founded the Hotel du Vin which was sold in 2004 having successfully opened six hotels, and then in 2007, with his wife Nina, he opened Hotel TerraVina in the New Forest.