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Terms And Conditions

Competition Rules:

1. The competition is open to anyone, working full time in the United Kingdom, who is currently fulfilling the profession of Restaurant Manager. Applicants must also have been working at supervisory/team managed level for a minimum of five years.

2. The applicants job title does not have to be “Restaurant Manager” but they should be undertaking the typical work and activities associated with the role: operating an efficient and profitable restaurant establishment and being responsible for high standards of service, working procedures, staffing and business development. 

3. Entry is by on-line application. Entrants must provide contact details of a referee, ideally their current line manager / employer who will endorse and support their application and confirm, in writing, that appropriate time, mentoring and support will be given for the duration of the competition. In additional applicants must provide contact details of one other industry professional who can act as a referee.

4. Only entries made through the official entry process will be accepted. No responsibility can be accepted for entries lost, delayed or damaged in any way. Copies of their entries must be kept by entrants for future reference as correspondence cannot be returned.

5. If any candidate changes, or intends to change, their employment during the competition process, the organisers must be informed. The organisers reserve the right to reconsider a candidate’s eligibility for the competition and any award.

6. All those who qualify for the final stage must be available for the Finals in London on 7th January 2019 and be able to attend the reception that evening, again in London.

7.   The judges for the Final will be chosen by the Academy of Food & Wine Service, and will include people from the hotel, restaurant and wine trade.

8. Throughout the finals, the judges will observe the appearance, performance, customer approach and commercial awareness of the candidates. For all stages of the competition, candidates must wear business attire e.g. lounge suit or day dress.

9. The final ranking will be based solely on the scores achieved at the Final. No correspondence will be entered into on the judges’ decisions, although general feedback will be given.

10. Prizes and stages must be redeemed within 12 months of being awarded. The prizes, as set out on the website, are correct at the time of publishing. Should any prizes become unavailable for any reason, the organisers reserve the right to vary or amend them to at least be equivalent or better. No cash alternatives are available.

11. By marking an application, entrants are agreeing to the organisers holding personal data about them for the purposes of competition and the award. All candidates also agree to having their names and details printed in press releases and in print, including photographs taken at the events.

12. Winners will be required to produce a report from stage visits that may be used in the press within four weeks of returning from the stage.

13. Candidates agree that if they are the winner of the UK Restaurant Manager of the Year, they will act as an ambassador for the Academy of Food & Wine Service for the period they hold the title.

14. Winners of the title “UK Restaurant Manager of the Year” will not be allowed to re-enter, although the second and third place finalists will be invited to take part.

15. Competitors enter and take part in the competition at their own risk. The organisers disclaim all and any liability to the winner in respect of their participation in the prizes. The organisers also waive any responsibility for any tax liability resulting from the awarding of prizes.

Required knowledge: Staff development and supervisory techniques; Social Media and promotional activities; Local, national and international market knowledge; Current trends in food, fashion and service style; Menu planning /co-ordination; Customer service; Product knowledge; Stock management and budgetary control.