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Entries are now open to find the UK Restaurant Manager of the Year 2019!

Restaurant Managers are invited to compete in this prestigious competition to become the UK Restaurant Manager of the Year.

The UK Restaurant Manager of the Year competition is important in terms of promoting front of house as a genuine and exciting career, and rewarding those professionals who are the best in the industry.
Anyone who fulfils the role of a Restaurant Manager (but not necessarily holding this title), is welcome to enter, having responsibility for business performance; managing people; staff training and co-ordinating the operation of the restaurant.

Entries open on: Wednesday 3rd October 2018
Closing date for entries: Monday 5th November 2018
Semi Finals and Final: To be held on 7th January 2019, at The Savoy, London

For further details, contact the events team by email at events@afws.co.uk or phone 020 8661 4904

2018 UK Restaurant Manager of the Year

Kieran McLoughlin, 2018 UK Restaurant Manager of the Year

Kieran McLoughlin of Gravetye Manor Hotel was named the UK’s Restaurant Manager of the Year during a prize-giving ceremony at the Royal Garden Hotel, London Monday 8th January

The UK Restaurant Manager of the Year competition, now in its ninth year, is run by the Academy of Food and Wine Service (AFWS), which was acquired by the Institute of Hospitality last year.

McLoughlin was one of four finalists who performed management role-playing scenarios in front of a live audience as well as being interviewed by industry leaders. He said: “This really validates what I have been doing with my life and it’s a lovely payback to the people that I have worked with. The competition was very tough and represented the creme-de-la-creme of the industry and I’m very proud to be mentioned in the same breath as the other finalists.”

The runner-up award went to Jennifer Santner, Sketch, London (far right), and the other two finalists were Nick Emmott, English’s of Brighton and Rebecca Galland, The Vineyard Hotel, Berkshire.

A few words from Kieran McLoughlin, the current UK Restaurant Manager of the Year and Matthew Mawtus, UK Restaurant Manager of the Year 2016.