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Ian Sturrock of the Arts Club in London has been named the 2015 UK Restaurant Manager of the Year.

Sturrock’s win follows a tense final at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington yesterday, in which he beat five other finalists to the title.

L-R Nick Scade AFWS Chairman, Ian Sturrock The Arts Club Restaurant Manager

The finals of the competition – run by the Academy of Food & Wine Service (AFWS) in partnership with The Caterer, sponsored by Bunzl Catering Supplies, Bibendum Wine and Virgin Limited Edition, and supported by the Savoy Educational Trust – saw the finalists create and present a business plan for a new restaurant in a Dragons’ Den-style scenario, in front of a VIP audience.

As the winner, Sturrock will receive a bursary enabling him to study at the Lausanne Business School in Switzerland.

Jack Cohn 2nd, Kensington Place

Giuseppe Longobardi 3rd, The Cross at Kennilworth

Jack Cohn, general manager, Kensington Place in London, placed second in the competition, while Giuseppe Longobardi, restaurant manager at the Cross at Kenilworth, was third.

The winner of the Virgin Rising Star, an award that goes to the highest placed restaurant manager under the age of 30, was Marcellin Hardouin from Adam’s restaurant, Birmingham.

Marcellin Hardouin Adam’s Restaurant

The UK Restaurant Manager of the Year is aimed at restaurant managers – or those in similar roles in any sector of the hospitality industry – who are responsible for business performance, managing people, staff training and co-ordinating the operation of the restaurant.

Congratulations to all the finalists who worked so hard this year William Gomis, Quaglino’s, Christopher Kidd, Lucknam Park and Roberto Marziota Fourteen Restaurant (Restaurant Associates) KPMG.

We look forwards to 2016!