The competition is open to all restaurant managers, whether working in a high street chain, pub restaurant, fine dining establishment or independent outlet.
“We are looking for a restaurant manager who excels front-of-house, has great people skills, the ability to manage and inspire a team and who can demonstrate strong business acumen,” said AFWS executive director Sophie Roberts-Brown.
Entrants will initially be asked to complete a paper questionnaire from which the semi-finalists will be selected. The semi-final will be held in London in early September.
Five finalists will then be selected to attend the final on 22 October at the Westbury hotel. The winner will be announced at a Gala Dinner the same evening, in front of an audience of invited guests.
The winner will receive a stage in a top New York establishment, where they will gain a unique insight into the running of various departments.
Last year’s UK Restaurant Manager of the Year was Michele Caggianese, the restaurant and bar manager of the Rib Room at London’s Jumeirah Carlton Tower.
The deadline for entries is 31 August 2012 and entry forms can be downloaded from www.afws.co.uk or www.restaurantmanageroftheyear.co.uk