Search is on to find 2015’s top restaurant manager


The search has begun for the Academy of Food & Wine Service’s UK Restaurant Manager of the Year 2015.

The competition, now in its seventh year, is open to any restaurant manager – or those in similar roles – working in the hospitality industry and responsible for the performance of a business, managing people and coordinating the operation of the restaurant.

This year’s competition will consist of a first round entry form, which can be completed online, from which the top ten entries will be decided upon.

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These finalists will each be visited by the judges at their own establishment, before ten is whittled down to six.

The six then have two weeks to prepare a business plan for a new restaurant.

At the final candidates will be interviewed and tested on their all-round knowledge of the job, customer service skills and social media marketing, before presenting their business plan front of a panel of ‘dragons’ and a VIP audience.

The final winner will be revealed at the Awards Ceremony at London’s Andaz Hotel on November 23rd.

Head of judges and former winner Peter Avis, chairman of the UK Restaurant Guild, commented: “Since I won the award in 2009 I have felt a huge responsibility to promote the role of restaurant managers as I believe they have a vital role to play in the success of any establishment. This year we are determined to encourage entrants from across the board and highlight what a fantastic career the profession can offer.”

Last year’s winner, Café Rouge restaurant manager Alper Zan, highlighted the opportunity winning the competition brings: “It’s such a prestigious award itself and to receive training from the world famous Hospitality School in Lausanne made me sleepless for a couple of nights thinking “What an opportunity”.

Entry forms can be downloaded at or contact The deadline for entries is 9th October.