Nominations open for AFWS Restaurant Manager of the Year

Nominations for this year’s Academy of Food & Wine Service’s 2014 UK Restaurant Manager of the Year have opened.

The competition, now in its sixth year. looks for the UK’s most talented restaurant professionals who can be nominated by their managers or they can nominate themselves by filling in an online form.

Successful candidates will then be asked to attend an interview where they will be tested on all areas of the business and be assigned a task which must be completed and returned within two weeks.

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Finalists will then be assessed by the judges – including Chairman Peter Avis who was the first winner in 2009 – at their place of work and the winner will be announced at a ceremony in November.

Previous winners include David Hennigan, formerly restaurant manager of The Crown at Whitebrook at Celtic Manor Hotel, Michele Caggianese from the restaurant at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Peter McAlister from the Culloden Estate and Spa near Belfast.

Avis, manager at Richard Branson’s Babylon Roof Gardens, told Boutique Hotelier:

“Winning changed the direction of my career. We need recognition in this industry and it helps the individual, the company and the industry as a whole. There’s no better buzz as a manager than being able to inspire college kids.”

The Academy of Food and Wine Service (AFWS) established in 1988, is the professional body for front-of-house service. It is dedicated to improving the status and awareness of food and beverage service as a viable career choice, raising standards across the industry, and by encouraging teamwork to foster good relations with other industry sectors. The Academy can offer advice and training to anyone following, or considering, a career as a sommelier, wine waiter, waiter, bar manager or restaurant manager.

Entry forms can be downloaded at
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The deadline for entries is 30 August 2014.



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