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 The Gold Service Scholarship Announces Successful 2018 Scholar

The Trustees and Judges of the 6th annual Gold Service Scholarship have announced that the winning 2018 Scholar is Michael Staub from Rosewood London, who has been a Floor Manager at the hotel since 2017, and joined Rosewood on their management trainee scheme. 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 notable potential and development throughout the competition.

The Trustees and Judges of the 6th annual Gold Service Scholarship have announced that the winning 2018 Scholar is Michael Staub from Rosewood London, who has been a Floor Manager at the hotel since 2017, and joined Rosewood on their management trainee scheme. 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 notable potential and development throughout the competition.

The prestigious Gold Service Scholarship awards ceremony, held on 6 February at Claridge’s in Mayfair, London, was attended by more than 250 of the hospitality industry’s leading figures. The Final is the culmination of five months of nominations, assessments, and deliberation of approximately 120 aspiring young professionals who entered the competition. The final eight candidates were whittled down through a series of stages where their knowledge of food and wine, as well as their service and social skills, were examined by the Scholarship’s professional associates.

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.”

Thomas Kochs, Managing Director of Corinthia Hotel London, who is also a Gold Service Scholarship Trustee, added: “Our industry needs to nurture the next generation of leaders. The Gold Service Scholarship plays a vital role in that process, and in just six years it has established itself as a prime stepping stone in the career paths for young people.”

Stephanie Beresforde, the 2017 Scholar, treasures the past year’s mentoring and access to senior figures of the industry through the Scholarship. Now Assistant Restaurant Director at Jean-Georges at The Connaught, she explains why she entered and what she has learned over the past 12 months through the Scholarship: “Not only did I enjoy the process of the Scholarship’s assessment process, where I learned many new skills and polished my customer service approach, but I also gained new friends and colleagues who are in similar positions to me, so we have a shared experience and optimism to succeed.” As a young woman working in the business, she also added:  “I want to be a role model, where possible, to other young women who are considering hospitality as a career option – there are many fascinating job opportunities, and I feel privileged to be a part of it.”

Among the prizes that the new Scholar will receive are many tailored opportunities to broaden their hospitality horizons – these include, among others, 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.