Tom is a dynamic and upbeat live presenter. He has a natural knack for communicating in an engaging way about drink (and food!) with a bright, playful charisma - and a sense of humour!
An in-demand wine communicator, he was shortlisted for the 2019 IWSC Outstanding Achievement In Wine Award.
Tom was just fourteen when his career in hospitality kicked off, peeling carrots and potatoes in a local Sussex pub at the weekend. It didn't take him many years to recognize that his natural habitat was behind the bar rather than in the professional kitchen. He developed a passion for, and strong knowledge of beers and spirits, becoming fascinated by 'pub culture' and the sociable, supportive community it can build. He continued to work in Sussex's pubs and bars throughout his teens.
After college, Tom started working at London's The Club at The Ivy, where his passion for wine burgeoned. He took his WSET qualifications and now holds their highest-level, the Diploma.
In 2014, hooked on wine and with a growing reputation as an expert, Tom left the restaurant side of the industry to follow his passion for wine full-time. He joined Ridgeview, renowned pioneers of quality English sparkling wine, based in Sussex. He was Ridgeview’s Sales & Business Development Director until 2020, leading a highly-successful period of sustainable sales growth coupled with brand development for the business.
Tom joined the original line-up of Three Wine Men - Oz Clarke, Olly Smith and Tim Atkin - at the UK’s leading wine events. Having hosted masterclasses at the events for a number of years, in 2018, Tom was invited to join the official line-up and is now a well-established, popular member of the 'trio'. During lockdown in 2020, the group developed 'E-Wine-Men' online masterclasses which you will find on the website. Tom writes a fortnightly food and wine column in the Three Wine Men newsletter.
Tom is the lead presenter for the popular wine app Pingza, which was launched to the public in December 2019. Tom records entertaining and educational film content for the app, giving users unique insight into wine including food and wine pairing, grape varieties, wine regions and hosting guests at live tastings and events.
With his partner in wine Henry Butler, Tom is one half of the duo producing the anarchic and entertaining live event Battle Of The Bottles, which to the surprise of everyone involved has a rapidly growing cult following. Events regularly take place in London and Brighton.
Tom is a Speakers Corner recommended public speaker. He regularly hosts both in-person and virtual corporate and private events and has a loyal following of regular clients and repeat corporate bookings.
In 2019, British Airways launched their food and drink experience events, with chefs including Tom Kerridge, Ollie Dabbous and José Pizarro. Tom was the expert chosen to lead the wine events.
Tom has appeared as a wine expert on TV, pairing wines with dishes from José Pizarro, Aldo Zilli and Jean-Christophe Novelli on ITV’s This Morning and co-presenting an hour-long show on wine and chocolate pairing with Paul A Young for 67 Pall Mall TV. Tom has presented wines on TalkRADIO's 'Wine Down Friday' and is a regular wine expert on BBC Sussex & Surrey Radio.
Tom has an active and highly-regarded commercial role in the wine trade. A co-founder in 2020 of Glass Half Full, a highly-innovative and modern trade drinks agency - bringing young, high quality drinks brands to market.
Tom is a co-founder of Table Talk Sussex, a not-for-profit business networking club bringing Sussex restaurants, food & drink producers and local businesses together. In addition, Tom is a trustee of the Table Talk Foundation, a charitable foundation raising money to support food education in local primary schools, in collaboration with The Royal Society of Culinary Arts' charity Adopt A School, and Hospitality Action.
Tom is a founding steering committee member of The Drinks Trust's 'The Drinks Community'. Supporting the career development and mentoring of those in the UK drinks and hospitality trade.