Tea Sommelier

Having been asked by many clients for support in using tea in their products, it became clear to me that I needed to know a lot more about the industry, the processes, types of tea and how it can be used innovatively in the food industry.


So in 2014, I visited the Dilmah School of Tea in Sri Lanka and learned a tremendous amount about tea types, processes, the regions where it grows, the people who prepare tea, pairing tea with food and making alcoholic and non-alcoholic products with tea.

Not only that, I met some amazing tea people in the process and created many long-lasting connections in the industry.

Inspired and keen to learn even more, I enrolled on The Tea and Herbal Association of Canada’s Tea Sommelier® Certification Program, one of the best tea courses in the world. I spent over two years learning all about growing, processing and making tea, tasting tea, tea’s health benefits, and a lot more.

After some tough written exams, blind tea cuppings and an oral test by the President of the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada on the History and Mythology of Tea, I qualified as a Certified TAC Tea Sommelier Professional, and I’m very proud to say that I was the first UK resident to do so!

As a Certified TAC Tea Sommelier® Professional, I have a thorough knowledge of:

  • Tea history and culture

  • Tea processing methods for different types of tea

  • How to steep / tea preparation

  • Tasting notes for different types of tea

  • The principles behind tea and food pairings

  • How to design a comprehensive tea menu for retail or any food service environment.

With all that knowledge under my belt, I’ve been putting my skills to great use ever since, helping tea businesses and cake and ice cream producers develop new products. I’m proud to be an ambassador, and business development partner for Dilmah tea, and I’ve even been talking to companies about the health and wellbeing benefits of tea.

Here are some examples of ways I can apply my tea knowledge in the food industry.

    • Helping businesses add specific flavours and give certain benefits to their foods by adding teas.
    • Exploring innovative opportunities for making new products with tea.
    • Supporting food and drink companies interested in using tea as an alternative to sugary drinks or alcohol.

If you’re interested in how I can help you explore opportunities to work with tea, please get in touch.

To learn more about the high standards in the TAC TEA SOMMELIER® CERTIFICATION PROGRAM CLICK HERE


Jane Milton

Food industry expert Jane Milton has been in the business for more than 30 years and has the inside track on all things food!

In her podcast, Jane takes you behind the scenes of the food business and introduces you to her incredible network of producers, entrepreneurs and
consultants she works with. She shares inspiring stories and experiences with you to help you to build a stronger, healthier, better version of your own business.

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Fresh Banter with Giles Christopher ,Food, Drink & Hospitality Photographer
byJane Milton

Fresh Banter with Giles Christopher, the food, drink and hospitality photographer


Giles and I met many years ago through his wife and business partner Abi, and since then we have all worked on a lot of jobs together and have spent a lot of time together socially chatting about business and life.


He got some great advice from his Dad about offering to do things nobody else likes to do at work and making himself a valuable team member and sound found he had multiple job offers …


He’s run his own business for over 20 years and we talk about how basic business skills should be part of the curriculum for everyone nowadays


He shares about the prep that goes into shoots and how technology has changed the job so much and how much time photographers now spend in post production too. And about the sheer weight of kit that he takes to ‘location’ shoots too.


Giles loves tech and is always pushing himself to learn new ways of doing things , or master new equipment and he also talks about keeping up with and ahead of that if you can


A really interesting insight into all that food and drink photography involves, and some great tips for podcasts and business blogs to watch out for too.


I’m really pleased we managed to book Giles for a chat in this last episode of series 3…


Let me introduce you to Giles Christopher

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