The winner of the Gold Service Scholarship 2018 has been announced as Michael Staub from the Rosewood London.
Last night at the awards ceremony held at Claridge’s in London, the trustees and judges of the 6th annual scholarship initiative revealed that Staub, who has been at the Rosewood London since last year when he began as floor manager, had scooped the top accolade.
He is now a management trainee at the luxury London hotel.
In a first for this year, commendations were also made to two of the finalists – Sarah May Coward of the Royal Household, and Christian Köhle from Fera at Claridge’s – who demonstrated potential and development throughout the competition.
Staub beat off stiff competition from seven other finalists, who were whittled down from approxmatiely 120 young professionals who entered the contest.
Through a series of stages where their knowledge of food and wine as well as their service and social skills were assessed, each candidate was put through their paces at the final held at the Rosewood London.
With continued patronage by Her Majesty The Queen, the Gold Service Scholarship has grown in status and appeal each year since its launch in 2012.
Drawing entrants from the broad hospitality sector, from restaurants and hotels, to private catering institutions, the Gold Service Scholarship recognises excellence and professionalism, with the aim to inspire, educate and nurture up-and-coming talent.
Edward Griffiths, trustee and chairman of the Judges, proudly revealed the winning candidate and stated: “The eight finalists are all winners – they have shown noteworthy expertise, poise and professionalism throughout the journey from nomination to the rigorous final assessments. Michael Staub is a worthy new Scholar, and together with my fellow Trustees we are thrilled with the remarkable quality of this year’s participants.”
Among the prizes that the new Scholar will receive include work placements with Mandarin Oriental overseas and at three Michelin-starred The Waterside Inn in Bray, as well as a three-day stage at either Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle for a State Visit.
A new strand to the Gold Service Scholarship’s ongoing mentoring benefits is the launch of ‘Team Gold’, a platform for alumni (the past six years’ Finalists) to network, share ideas and communicate through regular events, newsletters and social media interaction.