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David Hennigan wins UK Restaurant Manager of the Year

Published:  25 May, 2010

David Hennigan of The Crown at Whitebrook and Celtic Manor in Monmouthshire, has won the 2010, UK Restaurant Manager of the Year.

Liverpool-born David, has worked in the industry for 24 years and manages both restaurants.

He trained in Liverpool beginning as a commis waiter and went on to hold positions at the Lords of the Manor, Gloucestershire, and Hunstrete House near Bath.

Michele Caggianese, restaurant manager at Galvin at Windows, London Hilton on Park Lane, was runner-up in the competition organised by the Academy of Food & Wine and supported by the National Skills Academy for Hospitality, the Savoy Educational Trust and sponsored by OpenTable.

Hennigan said: "I'm was very humbled to be chosen as a finalist, but then to be picked from this line-up of six such strong restaurant managers is incredible."

As part of his prize he receives a study-tour week in New York, staying at top Manhatten boutique hotel, The MAve.