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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 co-ordinating the entire operation of the restaurant.

How does the competition work?

First Round

The Round One questions must be answered on the Entry Form or online by 25th September. 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 asked to create and submit a business plan to attend the Final in London.

The Final

Candidates will be interviewed by experts and tested on their knowledge as identified on front of the entry form.  The top five candidates will then be invited to the Gala Dinner Awards Ceremony in London.

The finalists will be sent a paper outlining the tasks required to be completed on the day which will include a business/operational scenario. They will have 14 days to familiarise themselves with the scenario and prepare an oral/written presentation, a panel of judges will then ask the candidates questions based on service and training, events and business


The finalists will be notified and during the month of October two judges will visit their operations and spend the day with them looking at service standards and training.

Finalists will be invited to the Gala Dinner together with their employer. Additional tickets can be bought via the website.

Restaurant Manager of The Year 2014 Entry Form

Gala Dinner Awards Ceremony

The winner will be announced and presented with their award at the UK Restaurant Manager of the Year Gala Dinner Awards Ceremony at Roof Gardens is located at 99 Kensington High Street, London, W8 5SA on the evening of Monday 17th November 2014, in front of a highly influential and inspirational audience.

For more information and a list of required knowledge, click here for terms & conditions.