The Academy of Food & Wine Service (AFWS) is delighted to reveal the semi-finalists for its celebrated 2015 UK Restaurant Manager of the Year competition.
Run in partnership with The Caterer
Now in its seventh year, the competition is supported by the Savoy Educational Trust, which donates a bursary to the overall winner to enable them to study at the Lausanne Business School in Switzerland.
Following the initial paper-entry stage, 10 entrants have made it through to the semi-finals, which take place next week. They will each undergo an interview with members of the judging panel.
Six semi-finalists will then be selected for the finals, which take place in London at the Royal Garden hotel on 23 November.
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 they present their business plan to a panel of ‘dragons' and a VIP audience.
Last year's winner, Café Rouge restaurant manager Alper Zan, said: "It's such a prestigious award itself and the training from the world-famous Hospitality School in Lausanne made me sleepless for a couple of nights, thinking 'what an opportunity'."
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."
The winner will be chosen and announced at a VIP reception at London's Royal Garden hotel on 23 November 2015, when the AFWS will also reveal the winner of the Virgin Rising Star award, which is presented to the highest placed restaurant manager under the age of 30.
This is the first year that The Caterer and the AFWS have joined forces to run the UK Restaurant Manager of the Year competition.
The 10 semi-finalists are as follows:
Giuseppe Longobardi, the Cross at Kenilworth
Andreas Wolff, Café Rouge, Witney, Oxfordshire
Lucy Knichel, Tottenham Hotspur, London (BaxterStorey)
Roberto Marziota, Fourteen Restaurant, London (Restaurant Associates)
Jack Cohn, Kensington Place, London
William Gomis, Quaglino's, London
Edouard Oger MS, Isle of Eriska, Benderloch, Argyll
Marcellin Hardouin, Adam's Restaurant, Birmingham
Christopher Kidd, Lucknam Park, Colerne, Wiltshire
Ian Sturrock, the Arts Club, London
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