The Institute of Hospitality search for Restaurant Manager of the Year 2023


Competition key dates:
Competition entries opens - Follow the link for entry form & T&Cs - 21/11/22
Entries close: 14/01/23
Semi-final & live final/winner announcement at The Hotel Café Royal: 06/03/23

The Institute of Hospitality has launched its prestigious Restaurant Manager of the Year (RMOY) competition for 2023, with luxury hotel, The Hari London, confirmed as 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, 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.”

For more information about this press release, or to set up an interview, please contact IoH Head of Marketing, Kim Bailey MIH at [email protected].

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About the Institute of Hospitality



The Institute of Hospitality is the leading, global professional body for current and aspiring leaders and managers in the hospitality industry. Established in 1938, the Institute is a registered UK charity (number: 326180) that aims to promote professionalism through lifelong learning and the development of outstanding leaders.

We promote exacting standards and quality in hospitality management education and training through our accreditation and endorsement schemes. Corporate, academic, and individual members receive help from access to professional development programmes including live webinars, podcasts, publications, access to learning resources, events, and other networking opportunities. Students and educators receive help from the Institute’s support for academic careers, and our work to provide context to the curriculum.

The Institute of Hospitality has established internationally recognised professional credentials (Fellow, Member, Associate, and Affiliate) for our members. We are currently working towards Chartered Institute status.

The IoH operate local regional committees across England and the devolved nations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as overseas locations such as Sri Lanka, with more to launch in 2023. We were named Gold Winner in the Best Membership Organisation (over 10,000 members) category at the National Association Awards 2021 and retained its title for a second year in 2022. We launched our own dedicated Youth Council for aspiring hospitality leaders and managers in July 2021 and won the national UK & Ireland Chartered Governance Institute awards, in the Diversity and Inclusion Initiative of the Year 2021 category in November 2021, for our Youth Council and Diversity Shield campaign. The Institute is a member of the Bank of England Decision Maker Panel regarding the impact of national and international events on the economy.


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