Top award for Deeside man

Matthew Mawtus receives his Restaurant Manager of the Year award
Matthew Mawtus receives his Restaurant Manager of the Year award

A Deeside man has won a top managerial award.

Matthew Mawtus has been named Restaurant Manager of the Year 2016.

Matthew, 31, originally from Strachan, beat off strong competition to win the prestigious accolade.

The competition was run by the Academy of Food and Wine Service, in partnership with The Caterer, at London’s Courthouse Hotel. Matthew is manager of Jason Atherton’s flagship Pollen Street Social restaurant in the capital.

He was the only Scot among the eight finalists who faced a day of tasks designed to test their leadership skills and management prowess.

As the winner, Matthew will receive a bursary allowing him to study at the Lausanne Business School in Switzerland.

He said: “I’m extremely proud. To win something like this makes it all worthwhile.

“I can’t wait to tell the team. The standard of competition and the way they carried themselves – there was some serious competition. My aim was to get to the final but obviously I’m delighted to win.”

Matthew was brought up on a small croft in Strachan, where the family lived for 15 years.

He was always keen on catering and his first job was at the Milton Brasserie, Crathes.

On the advice of the chef, he went on to do a degree in hospitality at Strathclyde University.

Matthew headed for London and was offered the role of assistant sommelier while working for Gordon Ramsay in Claridges.

He won the European Young Waiter of the Year in 2007 and has since worked in several London restaurants.