Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons features strongly at the
Academy of Food & Wine Awards
19 May 2010
At the Academy of Food and Wine Service Skills (AFWS) awards held at Kensington Roof Gardens in London last night, Alain Desenclos of Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons was inducted into the AFWS Hall of Fame as one of the Great Restaurant Managers in the UK. He takes his place alongside nine other winners of the prestigious award recognising the important role service plays in creating a sublime experience.
During the night’s proceedings, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons’ restaurant manager Paul Shanahan was also named as one of the six finalists for the top Restaurant Manager in the UK Category, representing the centre of excellence created by Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.
Since opening in 1984, Raymond Blanc, OBE and Chef Patron of Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, and his loyal team have achieved the highest awards of any restaurant and country house hotel in Great Britain. One of the few restaurants in the world to retain two Michelin stars for 26 years, Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons remains a mecca for gourmets the world over, and is consistently setting new standards of service.
The AFWS is a highly respected organization that aims to identify, promote and maintain the highest professional standards for the education and training of Food and Wine Waiting staff and Bar, with the awards recognising those reaching the upper limits of excellence. This year’s prestigious panel of judges included former Le Gavroche Maitre d’ Silvano Giraldin, now director of Roux Consulting, Academy director Matt Wilkin MS, proprietor, Princess Victoria, London, and chair of judges Conor O’Leary, F&B manager at Andaz, London, reflecting the standards the awards set.
Raymond Blanc, Chef Patron, Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons said:
“I cannot think of a better General than “Monsieur” Alain to receive this award. He was there with me during the early years helping me to build the ethos, the culture, the heart of Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons. Alain has trained hundreds of young people. Relentlessly he has passed on and shared his knowledge. It is wonderful and appropriate that his work is recognised by his peers in our industry.”
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