The names of the six restaurant managers who have made it through to the final of the UK Restaurant Manager of the Year 2010 awards have been revealed.
The finalists in the competition, organised by front-of-house service training body The Academy of Food & Wine are:
- Mark Bevan, restaurant manager, Chester Grosvenor, Cheshire
- Michele Caggianese, restaurant manager, Galvin at Windows, Hilton on Park Lane, London
- David Hennigan, general manager, The Crown at Whitebrook, Monmouth
- Peter McAlister, brasserie manager, Malmaison Belfast
- Paul Shanahan, restaurant manager, Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Great Milton
- Sean Simpson, restaurant manager, Holiday Inn Glasgow
The six finalists will compete for the top prize at the Roof Gardens, Kensington, London, on 17 May 2010.
In advance of the final each competitor will prepare a written business plan for a new restaurant launch. At the final they will be grilled on their written submissions by the panel of expert judges, who will be looking for evidence of their knowledge and understanding of the business as well as their business acumen.
The finalists will also complete practical tasks testing their wine knowledge and general front-of-house skills.
The name of the 2010 UK Restaurant Manager of the Year will be announced at a gala dinner to be held at the Roof Gardens the same evening.
The winner will receive a study-tour week in New York, staying at Manhattan boutique hotel, The MAve, to complete a stage at one of Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group properties. The winners' restaurant will also receive a complimentary 12-month subscription to the OpenTable reservation system.
The runner-up will win a week at the summer business school of the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland, courtesy of the Savoy Educational Trust.
Last year's Restaurant Manager of the Year was Peter Avis, restaurant manager at London's Babylon restaurant at the Roof Gardens, part of the Virgin Exclusive Collection.
By Neil Gerrard
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