Babylon Roof Gardens manager rewarded for excellence

By Becky Paskin

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The AFW award is the second for Peter Avis this year
The AFW award is the second for Peter Avis this year
Peter Avis, restaurant manager of Babylon at the Roof Gardens in Kensington, has been awarded the Academy of Food and Wine Dalmore Award for Excellence

Peter Avis, restaurant manager of Babylon at the Roof Gardens​ in Kensington, has been awarded the Academy of Food and Wine​ (AFW) Dalmore Award for Excellence.

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.

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