The Gold Service Scholarship announces 2019 finalists

The finalists for the 2019 Gold Service Scholarship have
now been announced.

Following a series of interviews and performance tasks over the
past few months, the trustees and judges whittled down 100
candidates to 40, with the semi-finals held in November in London
then determining who should make the final eight.

Edward Griffiths, chairman of the judges, said the excellence
among each candidate this year was particularly outstanding. He
said: “The level of enthusiasm and expertise among the
semi-finalists made the task quite challenging to whittle down the
list to just eight finalists. Each year, we note the very high
quality of candidates from hotels, restaurants, private clubs and
many other service establishments from across the country. Our goal
is to identify and encourage these young people to grow within the
hospitality industry, and we are delighted with the group of eight
making it to the final this year.”

The eight finalists represent broad backgrounds and expertise,
and hail from London and beyond, into Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and

They are as follows:

George Austin, Maître d’Hotel – Annabel’s, London

Lauren Chappell, Assistant Restaurant Manager – Cromlix Hotel,
Kinbuck, Sterling, Scotland

James Dainton, Assistant Restaurant Manager – The Northall,
Corinthia Hotel London

Tiziano de Mattia, Assistant Restaurant Manager – Hide,

Eleanor Dimes, Junior Head Waitress – Lucknam Park Hotel,
Chippenham, Wiltshire

Karen Gruet, Assistant Restaurant Manager – Belmond Le Manoir
aux Quat’Saisons, Oxford

Laura Schlegel, Head Waitress – Dinner by Blumenthal,

Alexander Sumerauer, First Head Waiter – The Ritz, London

The final of the Gold Service Scholarship competition will take
place on 21 January 2019 at Corinthia Hotel London, where eight
candidates will vie for the winning Scholar accolade.

That result will be announced and presented on 4 February 2019
at Claridge’s.

The winning scholar will receive an array of prizes, including
placements at a leading international hotel, as well as at
prestigious UK restaurants and at a Buckingham Palace State Visit,
in addition to ongoing mentoring from the Trustees.

All of the finalists will enjoy European wine tours and
‘stages’ at top restaurants, and will join the recently
launched Team Gold, a forum for networking and communication which
had its most recent event at Brown’s Hotel with Sir Rocco Forte
who shared his insights at a dinner and an ‘In Conversation’

The Scholarship was launched in 2012 with the programme designed
to celebrate the craft of service in F&B and front-of-house and
nurtures the young talent through tailored mentoring.

The winner of the Gold Service Scholarship last year
Michael Staub from the Rosewood London.

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