Restaurant Manager of the Year: Finalists revealed

By Luke Nicholls

- Last updated on GMT

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Twelve entrants made it through to this year's semi-finals
Twelve entrants made it through to this year's semi-finals
Eight of the best restaurant managers in the UK have made it through to the final of the Restaurant Manager of the Year competition after a testing semi-final held in Staffordshire earlier this week.

The competition, run by the Academy of Food & Wine Service (AFWS), saw a range of entrants this year, with the final competitors coming from casual dining restaurants, gastropubs, fine dining and contract catering.

John Croft, executive director of the AFWS, said: “A good restaurant manager, wherever they work, must have great service skills, be able to relate to customers, manage staff, work under pressure, have a strong business acumen and be as familiar with the profit and loss accounts as they are with food and wine knowledge.”

The Restaurant Manager of the Year finalists are:

  • Shaun Corrigan​, Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa, Jersey
  • Louise Denton​, BaxterStorey at the English National Opera, London WC2
  • Rebecca Galland​, The Vineyard, Stockcross, Berkshire
  • Clement Joseph​, Royal Automobile Club, London SW1 
  • Stephen Morrison​, La Vallee Blanche, Glasgow
  • Paul Shanahan, ​Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, Oxfordshire 
  • Nola Sheng​, The Hawksmoor, Spitalfields London E1 
  • Janine Swales​, BaxterStorey at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, London N17

The final will be held at London’s Westbury Hotel on 7 October where finalists will be set a series of tasks designed to test their skills, knowledge and business sense.

Last year’s competition was won by Peter McAlister of the Culloden Estate and Spa in Belfast.

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