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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 – September

The first round questions must be answered on the Entry Form or online by 30th 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 invited to compete in the Final in London on the 23rd November 2015.

Second Round – October
Visits and Business Plan

During October judges will visit the finalists operations and spend few hours with them, to gain an understanding of their management style, see first hand their achievements whilst in the position, observe service standards and training, as well as dining at the restaurant.

All finalists will be required to write a business plan, full details of which will be sent to the candidates after they are selected. They will be required to submit their business plans electronically on 30th October for judging. All business plans must be the candidates own work and calculations.

The Final – 23rd November

During the morning session candidates will be interviewed by experts and tested on their Restaurant Manager skills.  The top four candidates will then be asked to present their business plan in front of a VIP audience. (All candidates should be prepared to present and answer questions on their plan at the final.)

Gala Dinner Awards Ceremony – 23rd November

All finalists will be invited to the Gala Dinner. Additional tickets can be bought via the gala dinner booking form.

The winner will be announced and presented with their award at the UK Restaurant Manager of the Year Gala Dinner Awards Ceremony, venue to be confirmed on the evening of Monday 23rd November 2015, in front of a highly influential and inspirational audience.

Restaurant Manager of The Year 2015 Entry Form

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