The six finalists for the Restaurant Manager of the Year 2010 competition have been announced by the Academy of Food & Wine.
Now in its second year, the competition, supported by the National Skills Academy for Hospitality and sponsored by OpenTable.com, aims to reward managers who have the skills to help a business succeed in today's demanding climate.
The six finalists are:
- Mark Bevan, restaurant manager, Chester Grosvenor, Cheshire
- Michele Caggianese, restaurant manager, Galvin at Windows, Hilton on Park Lane, London
- David Hennigan, general manager, The Crown at Whitebrook, Monmouth
- Peter McAlister, brasserie manager, Malmaison Belfast
- Paul Shanahan, restaurant manager, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Great Milton
- Sean Simpson, restaurant manager, Holiday Inn Glasgow
Finalists will go forward to compete for the title at the final at the Kensington Roof Gardens in London on 17 May.
Each finalists will have to write a business plan for a new restaurant launch prior to the final where they will be grilled on their written submissions by the panel of expert judges, who will be looking for evidence of their knowledge and understanding of the business as well as their business acumen. They will also complete practical tasks testing their wine knowledge and general front-of-house skills.
The winner, announced at a gala dinner that event, will get the chance to spend a week in New York where they will complete a stage at one of Danny Meyer's restaurants while staying at the MAve hotel. The winners' restaurant will also receive a 12-month subscription to the OpenTable reservation system.