Westminster Kingsway College in London has collaborated with BBC's Michel Roux's Service star Fred Sirieix to launch a new part-time qualification aimed at aspiring restaurant managers.

The new course, entitled the Art of Service - Restaurant Manager, will run over 28 weeks from 15 May as a once a week day-release programme.

Geoff Booth, assistant principal at Westminster Kingsway College, said the course is unlike any other currently available.

"It has been developed by industry in collaboration with the college and is designed to inspire people to become great restaurant managers," he said. "It's not just another management qualification, but it's more about how we create an inspirational culture to get the very best out of our restaurant teams and develop a dynamic restaurant business."

The course will be divided into sections covering areas including restaurant reservations; creating a high performance culture; customer psychology; selling skills; finance; and food knowledge. It will feature guest lecturers including Sirieix, general manager at the Michelin-starred Galvin at Windows restaurant.

Sirieix commented: "We wanted to put together a course that is relevant to what professional restaurant managers need to know to be able to do their job but also run a business. It is designed to give them a clear vision of their business, understand the financial side of it as well as things like HR, business development and marketing and PR."

For more information on the Art of Service - Restaurant Manager course, which is priced at £2,225, email geoff.booth@westking.ac.uk.

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