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About The Competition

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

The competition has been run by the Academy of Food & Wine Service for seven years and aims to acknowledge and reward the best in the industry – whether small individual boutique establishments, popular fine-dining sites or those part of a larger food and beverage operation.

Anyone who fulfils the role of a Restaurant Manager is welcome to enter. Your job title doesn’t have to be “Restaurant Manager” but you should be undertaking the typical work and activities associated with the role: responsibility for the business performance and coordinating the entire operation of the restaurant.

How does the competition work?

First Round

The first round questions must be answered on the Entry Form by Friday 24th November 2017. The answers will be judged by the panel of judges made-up from representatives of the Academy of Food & Wine Service, sponsors and industry experts.

The best candidates will be selected and invited to compete in the Final in London on Monday 8th January 2018.


During the morning session candidates will be interviewed by industry professionals and tested on their Restaurant Management technical skills.  The top four candidates will then be asked to participate in a Restaurant Management Skills scenario in front of a VIP audience. (All candidates will be involved to a degree in this even if they are not a finalist.)

Awards Ceremony

The winner will be announced and presented with their award at the UK Restaurant Manager of the Year  Awards Ceremony on the evening of Monday 8th January 2018, in front of a highly influential and inspirational audience at a drinks and canape awards reception at The Royal Garden Hotel, London.

To book your places for the Awards Ceremony please visit Tickets

Cost: £20 for IOH members; £35 for non-members
Alternatively, contact us on 0208 661 4904 or with your requirements.


The Academy of Food & Wine Service, UK Restaurant Manager of the Year 2017 will receive: A trophy, certificate and prestigious career advancing training as well as invitations from The AFWS to Top Industry events.

All finalists will be given the opportunity to be mentored throughout the year post-event by leading industry figures.

Restaurant Manager of The Year 2017 Entry Form

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