The Academy of Food & Wine Service (AFWS) has today launched its search for the 2013 UK Restaurant Manager of the Year.
The competition, which will test their business aptitude and service skills against those of their peers, is open to all restaurant managers, regardless of the sector they work in.
"The competition last year attracted entries from high-street restaurants, contract catering and pubs. We want to encourage an even broader range of managers to enter so that the competition becomes truly pan-industry," said AFWS executive director John Croft.
"We are looking for restaurant managers who possess great people skills, sound management ability, business acumen and a strong focus on customer service. These are the basic attributes required of managers from every sector of the industry so we are urging more to come forward to demonstrate those abilities," he added.
The winner of this year's competition will travel to New York to spend time at Daniel Boulud's Dinex Group of restaurants, gaining a unique insight into the running of various departments.
While, the runner-up will receive a place at the renowned business summer school run by the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, sponsored by the Savoy Educational Trust.
Last year's competition was won by Peter McAlister of the Culloden Estate and Spa in Belfast with TGI's general manager Paul Taylor emerging as a strong runner-up.
Entrants will initially be asked to complete an entry form from which the semi-finalists will be selected. The semi-final will be held during August.
From this the finalists will compete in the final at London's Westbury hotel on 7 October.
CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES EXTENDED TO 24 AUGUST
Please contact the Academy on 01276 417 896 to register your interest or email Daniel@afws.co.uk.