David Hennigan, manager of the Crown at Whitebrook and Celtic Manor, has been chosen as the 2010 U.K. Restaurant Manager of the Year. The competition, sponsored by OpenTable, is run by the Academy of Food & Wine with support from the National Skills Academy for Hospitality and the Savoy Educational Trust, aims to identify “the person who has all the skills required to be a top class restaurant manager — great business acumen, loads of personality and confidence, the ability to get on with people, and a thorough knowledge of the trade.”
Besting five other very worthy finalists, Hennigan had to prove his skills in wine tasting, wine pairings, management, menu assessment, and front-of-house service. He then had to submit a business plan for a restaurant launch, which impressed the judges for its financial soundness.
For his efforts, Hennigan has won a study-tour week in New York, during which he will complete a stage at one of Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group properties. The Crown at Whitebrook will receive a complimentary 12-month subscription to the OpenTable reservation system. You can read more about Hennigan’s win in Eat Out Magazine.