Restaurant Manager of the Year: Tomas Kubart

Tomas Kubart from Kerridge’s Bar and Grill in London has been named 2019 Restaurant Manager of the Year.

The result was announced at a sold-out awards ceremony run by the Institute of Hospitality and the Academy of Food and Wine Service at The Savoy in London on Monday night (7 January).

Accepting the award, Kubart said: “I can’t believe I’ve won. The competition was incredibly tough. I’ve got to know the other finalists and they’re incredibly passionate and fantastic at what they do.”

Jennifer Santner from Angler restaurant at the South Place hotel in London was named runner-up for the second year running after competing in a live final in front of an audience of more than 100.

Pauline Henry from Brasserie Joël at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge and Vincenzo Mancinelli from Hide Above, both in London, completed the four finalists, who were whittled down from ten semi finalists on the day.

Chair of the judges John Cousins, director of the Food & Beverage Training Company, praised the quality of the four finalists.

“It was extremely tight. The industry is so lucky to have these people. The future of hospitality is safe in their hands. Tomas won because he was highly professional and technically great. You want to be served by him and you want to work for him because you know you’ll be looked after.”

For the accolade, ten semi-finalists were interviewed by industry professionals, while the four finalists acted out restaurant management skills scenarios in front of the VIP audience.

Kubart wins the opportunity to study at the École Hôtelière de Lausanne summer school in Switzerland, a meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant, a year’s membership of the Institute of Hospitality and invitations to key industry events. All four finalists are given the opportunity to be mentored throughout the year by leading industry figures.

The ten semi-finalists were:

The judges were:

The 2019 UK Restaurant Manager of the Year event was generously supported by the following organisations: JING Tea, The Savoy, Planday, Meiko, Tchibo Coffee Service, Lightspeed EPOS, Critiquie, aslotel, Prosecco DOC Consortium

Source: Institute of Hospitality