Six Restaurant Manager of the Year finalists named

20 October 2014
Six Restaurant Manager of the Year finalists named

The Academy of Food and Wine Service (AFWS) has named the six finalists for this year's UK Restaurant Manager of the Year competition.

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, Café Rouge, Ellesmere Port

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 gala dinner and awards ceremony at London's Roof Gardens on 17 November 2014.

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