|AFWS announces UK Restaurant Manager of the Year finalists|
|Written by Carol Emmas|
|Wednesday, 12 September 2012 09:34|
Four restaurant managers have made it through to the final of the Academy of Food & Wine Service (AFWS), 2012 UK Restaurant Manager of the Year competition.
They are: Tobias Barfoot, restaurant manager, The Ambrette Restaurant, Margate, Clement Joseph, restaurant manager, RAC, London, Peter McAlister, Culloden Estate and Spa, Belfast, Paul Taylor, general manager, TGI's, Luton.
The final will be held on October 22, at the Westbury, London W1, where the four will join last year's runner-up Paul Shanahan, assistant food & beverage director at London's Syon Park, Waldorf Astoria.
Eight restaurant managers qualified for the semi-final, which was judged by Stephen Motion, head of business development at sponsor Livebookings, alongside AFWS directors Paul Breach and Sophie Roberts-Brown. The finalist judging panel will be headed by former winner and chairman of the Guild of Restaurant Service, and restaurant manager at Babylon, Roof Gardens, London, Peter Avis.
The winner will receive a placement in a top New York establishment, where they will gain insight into the running of various departments.