The search has begun for the Academy of Food & Wine Service's 2014 UK Restaurant Manager of the Year.
Now in its sixth year, the competition is open to restaurant managers, or those working in similar roles in any sector of the hospitality industry. All entrants have to be responsible for the performance of a business, managing people, staff training and co-ordinating the operation of the restaurant.
At last night's launch event for the award in London, Peter Avis, former winner, head of judges and chairman of the UK Restaurant Guild, said: "Since I won the award in 2009 I have felt a massive responsibility to promote the role of restaurant manager 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 Janine Swales, restaurant manager at BaxterStorey, said that her success had been "life changing".
"Being the first winner from the foodservice sector shows that it doesn't matter where you work, but how you work. The competition has given me so much confidence, new skills and amazing mentors along the way. It's been a once in a lifetime opportunity."
This year's competition will consist of a first round entry form, which can be completed online. The best entries will then be selected to attend one of two semi-finals in London or the Midlands.
At the semi-final candidates will be interviewed and tested on their all-round knowledge of the job, the industry and marketing. They will also complete a business scenario in front of a panel of judges, for which they will be given 14 days to prepare.
The top candidates from the semi-final will then receive a visit from the judges at their own establishment before the winner is finally selected and announced at a Gala Dinner Awards Ceremony at London's Roof Gardens on 17 November 2014.