GRAND Jersey’s restaurant manager and master sommelier, Shaun Corrigan, has reached the semi- final of the Academy of Food and Wine Service’s UK Restaurant Manager of the Year 2013 competition.
The UK Restaurant Manager of the Year is a nationwide search to find, acknowledge and reward the best restaurant manager in the UK.
‘I am very excited about reaching the semi-final of this competition against some of the top restaurant managers from all over the UK. I managed to reach the finals two years ago and the experience was fantastic – it’s extremely competitive,’ said Mr Corrigan.
‘It is a real honour to be recognised by the Academy of Food and Wine. The whole team at Grand Jersey works extremely hard to offer our diners the best possible experience, which is of course our priority.’
After receiving submissions from restaurant managers in five regions across the UK, judges selected Mr Corrigan as one of the best and put him through to the semi-final of the competition, which takes place in Staffordshire on Monday 16 September. He will be asked to complete a variety of written and verbal tasks to demonstrate his knowledge and expertise.
The winner will be announced at a gala dinner on 7 October.
‘We are so proud of Shaun for reaching this stage of the Restaurant Manager of the Year 2013 competition and the whole Grand Jersey team is behind him and wish him the best of luck,’ said general manager Eamonn Elliott.
Mr Corrigan is also representing the hotel at the AA Hospitality Awards on 23 September. The hotel has been shortlisted for a prestigious AA award for its top quality wine.
He is no stranger to awards, with a string of accolades under his belt.
Mr Corrigan was a finalist in the 1997, 1998 and 1999 Ruinart Sommelier of the Year competition; winner of the 1998 Regional Final of the Ruinart Trophy; second in the 1998 and 1999 Southern Sommelier of the Year competition; winner of the 2000 Southern Sommelier of the Year competition; finalist in the 1998 Waterford Crystal Trophy; winner of the 1999 Waterford Crystal Trophy; finalist in the 2000 Torres ‘Nosing Wines’ competition and fourth in the 2004 Wine International Food and Wine Pairing.
Grand Jersey has also had an exceptional few years, winning awards and recognition across the board.
The hotel is named on TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence list 2013, which recognises excellence within the hospitality industry.
General manager Eamonn Elliott is shortlisted nationally for the Institute of Directors’ Young Director of the Year Award, having already scooped the title earlier this year.
And Richard Allen, executive head chef at Grand Jersey’s Michelin starred restaurant, Tassili, has been included in the prestigious Debrett’s People of Today list, while the restaurant itself is featured in the prestigious Good Food Guide.
Mr Allen was crowned Hotel Catey Hotel Chef of the Year in 2012.
Mr Corrigan has held positions at some of the world’s finest hotels and restaurants including the Grand Lisboa Hotel, Macau, which is home to 11 restaurants and bars, four of which hold between one and three Michelin stars and The Cliff Restaurant, which was voted as one of the top three restaurants in Singapore.
Before joining Grand Jersey Mr Corrigan was the former wine manager of Michelin-starred restaurants La Gousse D’Ail and L’Ortolan at the seven-star Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai.