Manager of the Year prize for Cafe Rouge hospitality worker

This year's Academy of Food & Wine Service (AFWS) UK Restaurant Manager of the Year has expressed his pride at achieving the title.

Alper Zan (39) works at a Cheshire Oaks branch of Cafe Rouge. His prize for winning Manager of the Year is a week-long trip to Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, the Swiss hospitality management school.

Mr Zan has been with Cafe Rouge for half a decade and is general manager of his branch.

Third place this year was Ian Sturrock from London's The Arts Club venue, second place went to Amie Duncan, who works at Glasgow's The Butchershop Bar & Grill. Ms Duncan also gained the Virgin Rising Star Award.

The results were announced in London on November 17th.

“I feel very proud, responsible and relieved – I’m so pleased to have won,” Mr Zan commented, collecting his prize from AFWS president Roy Ackerman, patron John Thurso MP and Savoy Educational Trust chief executive, Julia Sibley.

There were six managers in the 2014 final, all of whom faced interviews from judges about topics such as how much they knew about food service and how well they manage.

Judges even went to see finalists at work, judging training and standards of service. The judging panel was chaired by Peter Avis, a past winner of the award.

"I am delighted we’ve got such a worthy winner. Alper Zan demonstrates real commitment, a sound knowledge of food and wine and customer service as well as the ability to manage his team," Mr Avis said.

Many people in hospitality jobs are eligible to enter for awards linked to their role. There are prizes out there for baristas, chefs and other types of professional.

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