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IoH launches Restaurant Manager of the Year 2023

The Institute of Hospitality (IoH) has launched its prestigious Restaurant Manager of the Year (RMOY) competition for 2023, with luxury hotel, The Hari London, confirmed as the headline sponsor in a 3-year sponsorship deal.

Restaurant Managers need to apply by Monday 14 January 2023 to be in with a chance of winning the title ‘Restaurant Manager of the Year 2023’ and winner’s trophy.

This year’s winner will also receive, a tailored professional development programme designed around them to help their current role and future career, a year of tickets to attend the top IoH events, including Above & Beyond and the Fellows’ Dinner, one year’s IoH Membership and much more, to be announced in the coming weeks.

The RMOY competition began in 2009 with Peter Avis FIH, now General Manager at Galvin at Windows and 10 Degrees Bar, London Hilton Park Lane, taking the coveted title.

Since then, it has highlighted and recognised a wealth of talent. Reigning 2022 winner, Abigail Clark MIH, from Charlie’s Restaurant at Brown’s Hotel, Rocco Forte Hotels, London, now Director of Restaurants, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in Saudi Arabia.

Also, Daniel Greenock AIH from The Strathearn, Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire in 2020, now Assistant F&B Manager at Gleneagles, Tomas Kubart AIH, Kerridge’s Bar and Grill, London in 2019, now Restaurant GM in Prague, and 2014 winner Alper Zan MIH, formerly Restaurant Manager at Café Rouge and now Director of Food and Beverage at the Hard Rock Hotel, London.

Launching the competition, Robert Richardson FIH MI, IoH CEO explained, “This year’s competition is expected to uncover some amazing ‘unsung’ individuals. We would encourage anyone who has the job title ‘Restaurant Manager’ and is passionate about what they do, to come forward and complete our very short entry form.

'All our previous IoH champions have excelled in their careers and are a credit to the Institute and the UK hospitality industry. So regardless of the size of business you work in, just apply and you could be our next winner.”

Andrew Coney FIH, General Manager at The Hari London, said, “We are thrilled to be sponsoring the Restaurant Manager of The Year award in 2023. As we all know, Restaurant Managers are the life and soul of each establishment, and it is such a pleasure to celebrate their hard work!”

The closing date for entries is 14 January 2023 and the successful candidates will be invited to the Hotel Café Royal, London on 6 March 2023 where they will compete in the semi-finals. Tested on their technical skills by a panel of leading industry professionals, the lucky few will then take part in the UK RMOY Final, on the same day, with the winner announced that evening.

The Hotel Café Royal’s, Managing Director Guillaume Marly, who hosted the event in 2022 said: “We are delighted to be hosting Restaurant Manager of the year 2023 at Hotel Café Royal. It is a brilliant opportunity to acknowledge the many dedicated, professional and talented individuals in our industry.”