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Lanson to sponsor AFWS, Hall of Fame restaurant manager

Published:  03 May, 2011

Lanson International is to sponsor the Academy of Food and Wine Service's (AFWS) Restaurant Manager Hall of Fame.

It part of its L'Académie de Lanson campaign to promote excellence in Champagne knowledge and service throughout the trade.

The official Hall of Fame line-up includes: Peter Avis of Babylon at Roof Gardens, Elena Salvoni of Elena's L'Etoile; Silvano Giraldin, former maitre d' at Le Gavroche, now director of Roux Consulting; Jesus Adorno, director and maitre d' of Le Caprice; Diego Masciaga, director and general manager, the Waterside Inn, Bray; and David Morgan-Hewitt, managing director of The Goring, London.

This year the Academy is inviting nominations for leading front-of-house names to join, with new participants announced at the UK Restaurant Manager of the Year awards dinner, being held on May 16.

Paul Beavis, managing director of Lanson International, said:  L'Académie de Lanson has been established in the UK with the aim of promoting excellence within the overall trade, including engaging with sommeliers and front of house professionals to increase depth of Champagne knowledge and improve service.

"The Academy of Food and Wine Services' high expectations of members within the Hall of Fame sits comfortably with the standards that L'Académie de Lanson hopes to promote and will endeavour to strive for."

Nominees need to have at least 10 years' experience and be someone who has given excellent service to the craft and with impeccable service credentials.

A nomination form can be downloaded from (