Now in its 34th year, the keenly-fought contest is open to wine waiters working in all sectors of the hospitality industry including high street restaurants, pubs and hotels, as well as fine-dining eateries.
"The competition has really broadened in appeal over the past few years," said AFWS executive director John Croft. "We hope this year will see entries from a wide range of establishments. Taking part is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about wine and wine service as well as the chance to network with other industry professionals," he added.
Interested sommeliers are required to fill in a form from the AFWS before completing questionnaire with the top-scoring candidates competing in regional finals before the semi-final and final later this year.
The winner, who will receive a champagne trip to France, will follow in the footsteps of German-born Jan Konetzki from Restaurant Gordon Ramsay who scooped the 2012 title at last year's London International Wine Fair held at the ExCel centre in May.