IWFS Global Internship Award
The International Wine & Food Society is the world’s oldest and most renowned gastronomic society. Their mission is to promote a broad knowledge and understanding of both wine and food, the enhancement of their appreciation, and the nurturing of comraderie among those who share the pleasures of the table.
The Society was founded in 1933 by André L. Simon, CBE, Legion d’Honneur (1877-1970), who was a man of many talents: a bibliophile, gourmet, wine connoisseur, historian and writer. In his words, the purpose of the Society “is to bring together and serve all who believe that a right understanding of good food and wine is an essential part of personal contentment and health, and that an intelligent approach to the pleasures and problems of the table offers far greater rewards than the mere satisfaction of appetite.”
Simon was born in Paris, and traveled to London in 1902 as the agent for the champagne house of Pommery and Greno. A year later, the editor of the Wine and Spirit Trade Review commissioned Simon to write articles on the history of the champagne trade in England. He ultimately wrote over 100 books and pamphlets on wine and food, and his library of wine books is one of the finest ever assembled.
Together with friend, A.J.A. Symons, Simon developed the idea of forming a wine and food society. Thus, the Society was born, with Simon responsible for the dinners and tastings and for editing its quarterly journal. Symons became the Society’s first secretary.
It is the desire of the IWFS to support a third year enology student with a GPA of 3.0 or better, be involved in campus activities or in the wine industry, and have character traits deserving of the award.