The competition, which is now in its seventh year, is open to restaurant managers and those in similar roles across the hospitality industry so long as they are responsible for the performance of a business, managing people, staff training and coordinating the operation of the restaurant.
Last year’s competition was won by Café Rouge manager Alper Zan, who said that the prize (receiving training from the world-famous Hospitality School) left him sleepless at nights thinking “what an opportunity.”
To enter this year’s competition you must complete an online form. The top 10 entries will be have competition judges visit their business.
Six of these establishments will then be given two weeks to prepare a business plan for a new restaurant before the final round where candidates will be tested on their all-round knowledge of the job, customer service skills and social media marketing. They will then present their business plans to a panel and a VIP audience.
The winner will be selected and announced at London’s Andaz Hotel on 23 November 2015.
Head of judges and former winner Peter Avis, chairman of the UK Restaurant Guild, said: “Since I won the award in 2009 I have felt a huge responsibility to promote the role of restaurant managers as I believe they have a vital role to play in the success of any establishment. This year we are determined to encourage entrants from across the board and highlight what a fantastic career the profession can offer.”