This first gastronomic society of the world was founded in 1933 by the Frenchman André Simon
(1877-1970) and like-minded friends based in London. She is not profit-oriented. The main objective is to promote the cultivated use of high quality luxury foods such as food and wine. This is under the principle "Not much, but the best". As members, consumers and producers are primarily addressed. At the same time the magazine "Wine and Food" was founded, whose first editor André Simon and his successor for a few years the English wine author Hugh Johnson
has been. This is also Secretary General today. At the time of the founding of the company, great economic depression prevailed. But the end of the prohibition
in the USA just in its founding year, it greatly benefited the growth of the membership.
Today, the IWFS is organized in the three regions Europe and Africa, Asia and the Pacific and America. There are around 140 branches worldwide in 40 countries with more than 7,500 members. The individual affiliates organize lunch and dinner events, wine tastings, lectures and gastronomic trips. Already 1935 became one Vintage table
for wines in which the vintages are rated by a professional committee. This table is updated annually. Since 1986 Michael is Broadbent
the president of the Society. In the meantime, the IWFS has often been imitated, there are many similar organizations such. B. Slow Food