Gastronome – Abigail Clark from Charlie’s at Brown’s Hotel
was crowned Institute of Hospitality UK Restaurant Manager of the Year (RMOY) 2022
Performing at their best were: Gastronome – Alexandros Kaloudas MIH of Hilton London Bankside, Gianluca Austin-Rizzo of Simpsons Restaurant, Birmingham, Raminta Mackeviciute of The Ivy Cobham Brasserie, Surrey, Jacob Pinder of Hotel Café Royal, London, James Brackley MIH of South Lodge Hotel, Abigail Clark of Charlie’s at Browns Hotel, Antonino Forte MIH of Galvin at Windows, Hilton Park Lane, Andrea Caldelari of Pan Pacific, Marco Mammone of Cameron House and George Young of Dakota Hotels.
The hard-fought day culminated in the finalist’s carrying out a final test in front of a specially invited VIP audience before Sarah Peters MIH IoH Head of Commercial & Events took to the stage for a lively and incredibly entertaining panel discussion. Cyrus Todiwala MBE FIH, Pervin Todiwala FIH and the first-ever RMOY winner, Peter Avis FIH were in the hot seats to recall some hilarious past experiences and their insights.
Speaking at the event, Robert Richardson FIH CEO of the IoH said: “If proof were ever needed how highly skilled our industry is, how dedicated, passionate and talented our extended hospitality family is, then our 2022 Restaurant Manager of the Year competition captured that perfectly. We crowed an incredible winner and runner up live on stage tonight. Everyone who made it through to the finals is a winner, and our industry is much better for the shinning examples they give.