UK Restaurant Manager of the Year 2014: finalists announced

RMOTY__logo--finalFollowing the semi-final held in London, six restaurant managers are through to the final of this year’s UK Restaurant Manager of the Year competition, organised by The Academy of Food & Wine Service.

The six restaurant managers are:

Amie Duncan, The Butchershop Bar & Grill, Glasgow
Dace Lace, Bat Globe House, London WC2
Karen Lee, The Cavendish Hotel, London SW1
Sunnil Panjabi, The Punch Tavern, London EC4
Ian Sturrock, The Arts Club, London W1
Alper Zan, Cafe Rouge, Cheshire Oaks



The UK Restaurant Manager of the Year competition aims to reward the best managers in the food service sector – whether from fine-dining restaurants, gastropubs, high street dining operations, hotel restaurants or those run by contract caterers.

Nine managers made it to this year’s semi-final, where they underwent interviews from the panel of judges and were tested on their food, wine and service knowledge. They also presented a financial proposal for a hospitality business in a Dragon’s Den-style scenario. Based on their performance, six competitors were chosen for the final.

The next stage of the competition involves, for the first time, members of the judging panel visiting the finalists in their own establishments to look at service standards and training.

The name of the winner will be announced at a glittering Gala Dinner Awards Ceremony at London’s Roof Gardens on 17 November 2014. Tickets are available for the event on the AFWS website at

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The Academy of Food and Wine Service (AFWS) established in 1988, is the professional body for front-of-house service. It is dedicated to improving the status and awareness of food and beverage service as a viable career choice, raising standards across the industry, and by encouraging teamwork to foster good relations with other industry sectors. The Academy can offer advice and training to anyone following, or considering, a career as a sommelier, wine waiter, waiter, bar manager or restaurant manager.