The Gold Service Scholarship has announced the names of the 24 regional finalists for the 2016 competition.
The top 24 have now been invited to attend the regional final which takes place on November 30 at the Langham Hotel in London.
A number of boutique hotels are represented in the list, including Mondrian London, Bistro Hotel du Vin in Birmingham and Northcote Manor.
The regional finalists will be required to complete a series of service tasks and will be judged by a panel of industry professionals.
Now in its fourth year, The Gold Service Scholarship is an annual competition for young, front of house professionals working in the hospitality industry.
There were more than 70 applicants to this year’s competition, of which 20 finalists were selected, and they will now join three runners up from last year’s competition along with the winner of the 2015 Royal Academy of Culinary Arts’ (RACA) Awards of Excellence, who all get automatic entry to the regional finals.
This year’s regional finalists include:
• Paula Sobusiak – The Capital Hotel
• Christoph Schrottenbaum – Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
• Tom Noller – Sexy Fish
• Andreea Albert – Morgans Hotel Group – Mondrian London
• Amelia Thornhill – The King’s Head, Hampshire
• Jennifer Santner – Sky Garden
• Nico Ante – Bistro Hotel du Vin, Birmingham
• Kate Turton – The Latymer, Pennyhill Park, Surrey
• James Parums – Buckingham Palace
• Charlie Lee – Fera at Claridge’s
• Lukas Andr – Sexy Fish, London
• Thomas Borghi – The Ritz
• Sophia Warland – RAF Odiham
• Travis Powell – Langshott Manor, Horley
• Stephanie Beresforde – Scott’s Restaurant
• Robin Roux – Hotel du Vin & Bistro, Birmingham
• Judit Balonka – The Vineyard at Stockcross, Newbury
• Lewis Dixon – Northcote Manor, Langho
• Innes Haywood – L’Enclume, Cumbria
• Gabriela Murea – Opus Restaurant, Birmingham
• Dimitar Tanev – Mr Coopers House and Garden, Q Hotels Services Ltd, Manchester
• Nicholas Winfield – Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, Oxford
Edward Griffiths, chairman of the judges panel, said: “Once again, the quality of the candidates has improved, and the task of selection has been all the more challenging. We have therefore increased the number of regional finalists from 20 to 24, to enable as many of the talented entrants to participate in the next stage.”
This year’s competition launched in September 2015 and will finish in February 2016. After the regional finals, the national final will then be held at the Connaught Hotel and the 2016 winner announced at the awards ceremony in February at Claridge’s.
The winner will receive a prize package with a range of mentoring opportunities, travel and placements from a group of some of the most senior service professionals in the world.