Cafe Rouge manager Alper Zan, who oversees the group’s Cheshire Oaks site, has been named the Academy of Food & Wine Service’s UK Restaurant Manager of the Year 2014.

Amie Duncan of the Butchershop Bar & Grill, Glasgow, was runner-up, with Ian Sturrock of the Arts Club, in Dover Street, Mayfair, Central London, in third place.

Zan receives a week at the world’s top hospitality management school, Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne in Switzerland, sponsored by the Savoy Educational Trust.

Six managers made it to through to this year’s final, having undergone interviews by the judges on their business acumen, management ability and food, wine and service knowledge.

The final stage of the competition involved, for the first time, members of the judging panel visiting the finalists in their own establishments to look at service standards and training.

Peter Avis, manager of the Babylon Restaurant at the Roof Gardens in Kensington, West London, and a former winner of the award, who chaired the panel of judges, said: “I am delighted we’ve got such a worthy winner.

“Alper Zan demonstrates real commitment, a sound knowledge of food and wine and customer service as well as the ability to manage his team. He is a true professional in a role that demands a wide range of skills from food and wine knowledge to business acumen.”