Restaurant Manager of the Year 2014 launched

June 30th saw the launch of this year's UK Restaurant Manager of the Year competition.

It's the sixth year of the Academy of Food & Wine Service’s competition, which is open to restaurant managers, or anyone else who works in similar hospitality jobs and is responsible for business performance, training staff, people management and coordinating restaurant operations.

Entrants must fill in an entry form, from which semi finalists will be selected.

Two semi finals are set to take place, one in the Midlands and one in London. Here, entrants will be tested on job, marketing and industry knowledge and undertake interviews.

They will have two weeks to prepare for a business scenario, to be completed in front of a judging panel.

Then the people picked as the best after this round will be visited at work by the judges.

A Gala Dinner Awards Ceremony in November, at London’s Roof Gardens, will see the winner announced.

“Winning the competition was life changing; I never thought that something like this would happen to me," Janine Swales, BaxterStorey restaurant manager, who won the competition in 2013, has said.

She added that she was the first winner who came from the foodservice sector, demonstrating that it does not matter where entrants work, but rather the way in which they work.

"The competition has given me so much confidence, new skills and amazing mentors along the way. It’s been a once in a lifetime opportunity," she said.

UK Restaurant Guild chair, Peter Avis, who is head of judges for the competition and a previous winner, has said that since he claimed victory in 2009 he has felt a lot of responsibility to promote the restaurant manager role, as these people play a key part in establishments' success.

"This year we are determined to encourage entrants from across the board and highlight what a fantastic career the profession can offer," he added.

It comes after the Moët UK Sommelier of the Year 2014 competition from the Academy of Food & Wine Service was won by Kathrine Larsen last month.