Elizabeth Forkuoh has been awarded the Gold Service Scholarship for 2020.
Forkuoh currently works as junior assistant manager at Strathern Restaurant at Gleneagles, in Perthshire, owned by Ennismore, and was announced as the winner of the coveted Scholarship at a presentation evening at The Berkeley in Knightsbridge last night.
Having proceeded through the quarter final, semi final and final assessments over the past several months, where tasks and interviews assessed a wide variety of front-of-house skills, she proved to be a ‘noteworthy and charming’ candidate through the process.
A special commendation was also made for Lauren Frid, who is assistant supervisor at Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental London, with the judges noting her consistent performance throughout the competition.
Chairman of the judges, Edward Griffiths commented: “All eight winning Finalists deserve their place, and judging at this level is so difficult when the quality is so high. Elizabeth shone through with very rounded characteristics, and impeccable social skills. She has earned her crown as a talented Scholar, and Lauren Frid equally deserves her commendation.”
Forkuoh’s background in hospitality started at Stradey Park Hotel where she was a part-time waitress while a student. She then joined Gleneagles in 2017 as a chef de rang in the Strathearn Restaurant, progressing to head waitress in 2018, and then to her current role as junior assistant manager in mid-2019.
As the new Scholar, she will now enjoy a range of prizes with personalised opportunities to broaden her hospitality experience, including work placements overseas and in the UK, as well as a stage at either Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle for a State Visit, and a tailored educational course on Hotel & Restaurant Management at the Lausanne Hotel School.
“The talent pool of candidates gets better and better each year,” commented Alastair Storey, chairman of the Gold Service Scholarship. “And the 2020 group of applicants has truly impressed the Trustees and Judges with their professionalism. Not only are their service skills totally on point, but they have a remarkable enthusiasm for the industry. Each one of them has become a proud ambassador for choosing hospitality as a great career option.”