Byron P. Catéchis Director & Dean
Byron teaches in: French, German, English and Italian languages
Member of the FSEA – Swiss Federation for Adult Learning
WSET® Educator for the following Wine and Spirit Education Trust qualifications:
Member of the IBD – Institute of Brewing and Distilling
|Internal Assessor for the following Wine and Spirit Education Trust levels:
Member of the following judging panels:
Over 20 years of experience in the 4 to 5 Star Deluxe hotel and Michelin Star segment. To date involved in 5 hotel and 1 restaurant openings which included the Dorchester in London, The Louis C. Jacob in Hamburg, a Hotel in East Africa (part of an international hotel chain) among others.
Johanna teaches in the French and English languages
Johanna has been interested in wine since passing her Swiss Matura diploma and continued in this path on her way to gaining her Bachelor degree with the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne. She has completed the various levels of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust qualifications, including the WSET® Level 4 Diploma.
Now as a student on the Masters of Wine programme, she has managed to keep herself busy by also studying for a Masters in Digital Marketing and Communication in Geneva. Johanna is currently also involved in the production and marketing of Clos Tsampehro in Valais. Johanna also consults for a wine producer in Provence, France.
Johanna teaches winemaking on our WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines for both the English and French language courses as well as runs our courses in Lausanne.
Alann teaches in the French and English languages
|Alann is currently the Sales Manager at Maison Mathieu Vins, where he began eight years ago after spending fifteen years working in luxury hotels as Wine Director or Director of Food and Beverage. From New York to Geneva, by way of Antigua in the Caribbean, his passion for wine led him receive the Wine Spectator Grand Award in 2002 at the St. Regis Hotel in New York. In 2006, the same magazine gave the Award of Excellence for his work on the wine list of the fine dining restaurant at the President Wilson Hotel in Geneva.A certified Sommelier by the Sommelier Society of America (est. 1954) and recipient of the WSET® Level 4 Diploma in Wine & Spirits, Alann enjoys wines from across the world which are faithful to their terroir- from Burgundy, to Piedmont, South Africa or California.Alann teaches on the WSET® Level 2 in Wines and also the WSET® Level 3 in Wines courses for us.|
|Our Resident Master Brewer:|
Tracy teaches in the English language but will soon also be teaching in the French language!
|Tracy Adie – our resident Master Brewer with an MSc. in Brewing and DistillingTracy has over 17 years of experience in the Brewing industry working with small 50,000 HL right through to large multinational Beer producers with 5 million HL (1Hl = 100 Ltrs). She has held many positions in different aspects of the brewing business and we hope all our potential students will take advantage of learning from her experience and knowledge in this field during our Brewing courses.|
|Our Resident Craft Brewer:|
Thomas teaches in the English and French language our practical brewing courses
|A Brewer specialising in the craft sector, Thomas has experience brewing in the UK and Switzerland. After his studies with the IBD he has occupied the post as head brewer in a regional craft brewery in Switzerland since October 2017 and participates regularly in beer judging competitions around Europe.
Thomas will be running our practical beer production courses. Watch our course dates page for details of the next practical courses!
|Our Sake experts:|
Natsuki teaches in the English and Japanese language
|Born into a family that has been running a Sake brewery in Akita, and a Buddhist temple in Toyama prefecture, both on north-west side of Japan where is nourished with the best ingredients from the mountain and the ocean, and where winter can be severely cold. During her school years in the United States, Natsuki spent most of her time dealing with international volunteering works and documentary film making featuring the boarder issues between the US and Latin American countries. Natsuki went back to Japan and worked 2 and half years at the business and HR consulting firm called Motivation Inc. in Ginza Tokyo.Her Sake journey, to trace the path of her family roots, had started in 2009.
Natsuki had worked as a “Sake sommelier” at Zuma & Roka restaurant in London, UK, and in 2013. she had launched “Museum of Sake”, the Sake PR and Education agency to introduce and promote Sake to European markets.
Natsuki is helping to set up and will teach at WSET Level 1 & Level 3 Award in Sake launching in August 2014.• Sake sommelier certified at Sake Service Institute (SSI)
• WSET Level 3 Award in Wine (2013)
• Sake Communicator Award 2011 winner by Sake Samurai and International Wine Challenge (IWC)
• Sake judge at IWC Sake Category since 2011
• Executive Sake sommelier at Sake Experience and Sake Award hosted by Hyper Japan since 2012
• WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) The Sake Qualification Development Manager
• Bibendum Wine Sake advisor
Honami teaches in the English and Japanese language
|Honami has been working with sake for nearly 15 years and is a Kikisakeshi-qualified sake sommelier, WSET-certified educator for Sake Level 3, Wine Level 1, Level 2 and an International Wine Challenge(IWC) Panel Judge in the sake category.Having trained at Leith’s School of Food & Wine and Le Cordon Bleu, Honami is a qualified sommelier and has worked at some of London’s renowned places including luxury wine and spirits merchant Hedonism Wines.Honami has planned and hosted numerous number of exciting sake events at Hedonism Wines and beyond, many of which had sake and food matching with various renowned restaurants and chefs in London.
Honami created House of Sake to provide carefully selected accessories, events, promotion and sake education to the UK and beyond.
|The school’s mascot: Merlin||Merlin joined the team on the 21st of September 2018 as a puppy (10 weeks old). You might see him at one of our courses in a supervisory capacity… probably sleeping!|
|Our team for distilling:||will be finalised and announced in the coming months|