Balmoral’s number one Emma Lonie wins Hotel Restaurant Manager of the Year award
We often celebrate the chefs and forget about the rest of the hardworking teams that run any restaurant.
However, now number one at The BalmoralRestaurant manager Emma Lonie has been honored with one of the UK’s top façade awards. She won the Hotel Restaurant Manager of the Year award at the 2021 Cateys Hotel, which is managed by hospitality industry publication The Caterer, and took place at a ceremony in London on November 19.
“It’s a real honor to be recognized,” says Lonie. “I am extremely privileged to be a part of Number One and The Balmoral, to work with a dedicated and creative team who share my passion for food, wine, people and travel.”
Lonie has been at the Five Star Hotel in Edinburgh, Balmoral’s number one fine dining restaurant, which has one Michelin star, four AA Rosettes and won CIS Restaurant of the Year 2021, for 14 years. She has worked alongside various chefs and chefs, from Jeff Bland to Marc Donald, pastry chef, Ross sneddon, and their most recent appointment, Matthieu sherry, who took over the kitchen earlier this year. She is an integral part of the team and her work is not limited to administrative tasks.
“I oversee all frontage operations at Number One, working closely with Head Chef Mathew Sherry and Head Sommelier Damien Trinkquel. We strive to provide the ultimate dining experience with a seven-course menu featuring our favorite seasonal produce, ”said Lonie. “We work with a large collection of fine wines, over 350 by the bottle, over 20 by the glass and a large collection of whiskey as well. We also work closely with all of our suppliers to showcase the finest ingredients and share the history of our hotel, restaurant, seasonal products and team through every menu and dining experience. “
Another award was brought back to Scotland by this year’s Cateys Hotel. This was presented to Rosie Wilkins from another five-star hotel, The Torridon by Achnasheen in Wester Ross, which won the Front of House Manager of the Year 2021 award.Number one at Balmoral, 1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, www.roccofortehotels.com