UK Restaurant Manager of the Year 2019 semi-finalists revealed

Ten outstanding restaurant managers have been chosen to compete in the UK Restaurant Manager of the Year 2019 competition on Monday 7 January at The Savoy, London.

The semi-finalists are:

Cedric Touny, The Blue Posts, London
Christopher Bakowski, Alyn Williams at The Westbury, London
Jacopo Nardini, Indigo Restaurant, One Aldwych, London
Jennifer Santner, Angler Restaurant, South Palace Hotel, London
Pauline Henry, Brasserie Joël, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London
Rebecca Galland, The Vineyard Hotel and Spa, Newbury
Shashi Prakash, Gilpin Hotel and Lake House, Windermere
Simon Warren, The Ivy, Birmingham
Tomas Kubart, Corinthia-Kerridges, Corinthia Hotel, London
Vincenzo Mancinelli, Hide Above, London

Awards ceremony
The ten semi-finalists will compete during the main event on Monday 7 January 2019 at The Savoy, London. During the morning session, they will be interviewed by industry leaders and tested on their Restaurant Management technical skills. The top four candidates will then be asked to participate in a Live Restaurant Management Skills scenario in front of a VIP audience. The winner will be announced and presented with their award at a drinks and canapé reception.

Chair of judges John Cousins has the following advice for those competing on Monday 7 January: “Always have a good night’s sleep and ensure you have eaten before competing. Listen carefully to the briefings and ask questions if you are unsure. Develop a professional posture and always be well-groomed. Don’t be distracted by what other competitors are doing, and above all smile!”

The UK Restaurant Manager of the Year 2019 will receive: a trophy, certificate and prestigious career-advancing training as well as invitations to top industry events. All finalists will be given the opportunity to be mentored throughout the year post-event by leading industry figures.

JING Tea, The Savoy, Planday, Meiko, Tchibo Coffee Service, Lightspeed EPOS, Critiquie, aslotel.

Tickets for the Live Final and Winner’s Reception are now available at Restaurant Manager of the Year Winner’s Reception
Cost: £20 for Institute of Hospitality members; £35 for non-members
For more details, call: 0208 661 4904 or email:

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