In medieval times, men were employed as experts on the quality of wine, checking the ingredients laid before them, and this was stirred into a main pot by the use of a fork with a piece of bread on it, after this was placed in a flame - hence the name Master Of The Toasts. In 1649 a article in the Tatler talks of 3 gentlemen in the town of Bath, who scooped water from the spar and in the bottom was a soggy piece of bread (toast), Where upon they embarked on pledging the Health of the Women of Bath. This was the first recorded toast by Witty Baldarchy.

[1] Today, the toastmaster is typically charged with organization of the event, arranging the order of speakers, introducing one or more of the speakers, and keeping the event on schedule. Such meetings typically include civic events, service organization meetings, and banquets of various purpose. In many meetings, a toastmaster typically addresses the audience from behind a dais or from a podium. ([1] Source Wikipedia)

As a fellow of the Guild of Professional Toastmasters from 1985 to 1995 (when he moved to the Royal Guild of Toastmasters) he regularly presented the prestigious After Dinner Speakers Award, to recipients as distinguished and varied as Baroness Thatcher, Sir Peter Ustinov and Bob Monkhouse. On the 20th March 2007 he was the Toastmaster for the largest ever sit down dinner (1900 guests) recorded in Europe, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.

On the occasion of the Queen Mothers 100th birthday, Robert visited Clarence House to present her with a gift on behalf of the Guild. He also presented the Queen with a gift at Buckingham Palace in celebration of Her Majesty's Silver Jubilee.

You can imagine over the past 34 years being a professional Toastmaster, Robert has mastered every type of function imaginable. From launching a ship; Topping up Ceremonies; Award Ceremonies; State Banquets; Civic Banquets; City Livery; Auctioneering; Comparing; All types of religious Wedding receptions; Garden Parties etc.