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Hall Of Fame

The Restaurateurs Hall of Fame was established in 2009 at the inaugural Restaurant Manager of the Year Competition. It was established with the aim of promoting excellence within the overall trade, including engaging with front of house to increase depth of knowledge and improve service.

The Academy of Food & Wine Services’ high expectations of members within the Restaurateurs Hall of Fame should sit comfortably with the standards that a potential sponsor hopes to promote and will endeavour to strive for.

The current members of Restaurateurs Hall of Fame are a veritable who’s who of the sector and include:

Rona Pitchford Owner Reads Restaurant
Saverio Buchicchio Food & Beverage Service Trainer Ellenborough Park
Stephane Davaine Director, Front of House Operations Coutts & Co
Jean-Luc Giquel Group General Manager The Cinnamon Club
Ashley Shaw General Manager Mondrian London At Sea Containers
Michael Gottlieb, formerly Smollensky’s Restaurant Group
Gerard Basset OBE, Hotel TerraVina
Brian Clivaz, L’Escargot
Conor O’Leary, The Hyatt Regency London, The Churchill Hotel
Edward Griffiths, Searcys and Portico Limited
Elaine Watson, Gleneagles Hotel
Remy Lyse, The Arts Club
Simon Girling, The Ritz Hotel
David Morgan-Hewitt MI FIH – The Goring Hotel
Silvano Giraldin –  formerly at Le Gavroche
Diego Masciaga – The Waterside Inn
Jesus Adorno – Le Caprice
Elena Salvoni MBE – formerly of Elena’s L’Etoile
Alain Desenclos –  formerly at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons
Craig Bancroft –  The Northcote Group
Didier Garnier – Le Colombier Restaurant
Jean-Claude Breton – formerly at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
Sergio Rebecchi – Chez Nico Restaurants
Peter Avis – Babylon Restaurant at the Roof Gardens
Fred Sirieix – Galvin at Windows
Richard Shepherd – Langan’s Brasserie
Enzo Cassini – Zafferano
Roberto Veneruzzo – Locanda Locatelli

The picture above shows some of our previous recipients.


The Academy of Food and Wine Service is now seeking nominations for this year’s Restaurant Manager Hall of Fame. Do you know someone who deserves to join this group? Someone who has given excellent service to the craft? Who exhibits the criteria outlined below? If so, we would be pleased to receive your nominations.

In order to be introduced into the Restaurant Manager Hall of Fame, you will need to illustrate that your nominee has over 10 years experience in restaurant management, excellent front of house skills, impeccable customer service credentials, great business acumen and of course the ability to manage and inspire a team.

So now it is up to you to nominate any individual/s you believe fit the criteria and deserve to join this illustrious group. Please email with your suggestions.