Gold Scholarship looks for the top service stars of 2016


The Gold Service Scholarship 2016 is now open for entries, and is calling for all service members in any role within the hospitality industry to put themselves forward for the competition.

Now in its fourth year, The Gold Service Scholarship has been designed to recognise the best front of house service staff working within hotels, restaurant, clubs, food service management and fine dining establishment across the UK.

The competition is open to any worker aged between 22 and 28 years old and has seen year-on-year growth since its launch in 2002 by its founders Alastair Storey and Willy Bauer, chairman of AB Hotels.

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The 2016 event is now calling for those interested to get their entries in before the deadline of Wednesday September 30, after which a shortlist will be created and then invited to test their skills at a number of trials at the regional final.

From this, around 8 lucky finalists will attend the national final, to be held at the Connaught Hotel, before the 2016 winner is announced in February.

Edward Griffiths, CVO, chairman of the Judges panel is keen to encourage more applications this year: “The Scholarship has grown year on year. We have seen such tremendous support and sponsorship from throughout the industry, and we are so pleased to see an ongoing improvement in the standards and quality of front of house service and more young people expressing their talents in this competition.”

The winner will receive a bespoke prize package with a range of mentoring opportunities, travel and placements from a group of the most senior service professionals in the world.

2015 Winner Daniele Quattromini, manager, ClubLounge39, said: “Winning was one of the most proud moments of my life. Since winning The Gold Service Scholarship, I have had some fantastic experiences including a trip to Champagne with the other finalists and recently, I have arrived back from a brilliant stage at the Waterside Inn. I have plans to work at Buckingham Palace at the State Banquet later in the year which I am very excited about. As a result of my Gold Service Scholarship win, I now have access to experiences that I wouldn’t have had if I didn’t enter the competition.”

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