Given to an ‘outstanding personality in the hospitality industry’ as part of the AFW’s Annual Awards for Excellence, the Dalmore award is Avis’s second accolade of the year, having already received the AFW’s Restaurant Manager of the Year award in June.
David Morgan-Hewitt, managing director of The Goring Hotel, London and announcer of the award, said Avis had dedication and enthusiasm for service, and led his team with inspiration.
“(Avis) has been a great supporter of the Academy and his dedication to the role of restaurant manager and the industry as a whole is an example we hope others follow in the future - he's a fantastic ambassador for this industry,” he said.
Also amongst the Awards for Excellence winners was the 2009 UK Sommelier of the Year Laura Rhys, head sommelier of Hotel TerraVina in Southampton, who was awarded the Savoy Educational Trust Sommelier Scholarship and wins a trip to the vineyards and wineries of Feudi di San Gregorio in Campania, Italy.
Other Annual Awards for Excellence 2009 winners are:
The Dalmore Award for Excellence
Peter Avis, restaurant manager, Babylon Restaurant at the Roof Gardens
Company of the Year Award 2009
Rex Restaurant Group
College of the Year Award 2009
South Trafford College
The Virgin Rising Star Award
Alessandro Valvo, Royal Automobile Club
The Savoy Educational Trust Sommelier Scholarship 2009
Laura Rhys, head sommelier, Hotel TerraVina, Hampshire
The Philip Thornton Award
Andrew Sargent, University College, Birmingham
The Wines of Germany Travel Award
Patrick Salles, head sommelier, Fifth Floor Restaurant, Harvey Nichols, London
The New Zealand Winegrowers Award
Agustin Trapero, sommelier, Randolph Hotel, Oxford
Ramos Pinto Travel Award
Bastian Fischer, sommelier, Hotel du Vin & Bistro, Winchester
Honorary Fellowships for 2009
Govert Deketh, general manager, London Marriott Hotel Marble Arch; Frederic Billet, food and beverage director, The Marylebone Hotel, London; Christian Horvath, general manager, RAC Pall Mall Clubhouse, London.