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If you’re a South Australian foodie, chances are, you’ve come across Sharon Romeo. And if you’re lucky, you’ve experienced her hospitality in action. After gaining a reputation in SA for her ability to warm a room with her smile, the vibrant co-owner and restaurant manager at FINO Seppeltsfield has just been awarded 2018 Restaurant Manager of the Year by Women in Foodservice Awards.
Sharon was one of three finalists in her category and the only South Australian winner. There were close to 500 entrants across 6 categories.
At the awards, which were held in Melbourne this week, Sharon commented “It’s an honour to be personally acknowledged for work that I love and with it I hope to inspire the next generation of hospitality leaders, honouring what my mum taught me. The talent in our industry is awesome and exciting; women and men doing great things to keep themselves and their customers endlessly amused.”
The Nestlé Professional Women in Foodservice Awards are all about identifying and celebrating excellence, success and outstanding contributions, and this year expanded to feature six categories.
- Foodservice Outstanding Service Award
- Porkstar Restaurant Manager of the Year Award
- William Angliss Institute Rising Star Award
- Stoddart Chef of the Year Award
- Fine Food Australia Legend of the Year Award
- Nestlé Professional Leadership in Foodservice Award
The hundreds of entries from around the country (a 15 per cent increase on last year), were judged by a panel made up of chef and television presenter Christine Manfield, columnist and co-Director of Australia’s Top Restaurants Jill Dupleix, and editor of foodservice magazine Anita Connors.
“Foodservice founded the awards in 2017 as we felt that a significant section of the Australian foodservice and hospitality sector was perhaps not getting the recognition it deserved”, says Connors.
“Ours really is a rich and diverse industry, teeming with successful, dedicated and creative women who through boldness and initiative are building great businesses and shaping the future of the industry.
Read about all 18 winners and finalists in the September issue of foodservice magazine, here.