The Gold Service Scholarship Announces 2020 Programme

The Gold Service Scholarship 2020 will kick off for applications from young hospitality industry
professionals on Monday, 2nd September, with a closing date on Wednesday 2nd October 2019. The
competition, now in its 8th year, continues its annual search for ambitious and talented UK front-of-house
specialists, aged 22-28, working in Food & Beverage, who aspire to greater professional heights in their

Edward Griffiths, Trustee and Chairman of the Judges, praised the phenomenal quality of candidates
and their achievements over the past seven years of the Scholarship. “It has been so gratifying and
rewarding to meet and mentor so many young people who are dedicated to their particular craft within
the hospitality industry. Each year, we have witnessed the pride they take in their work, and the
appreciation they have for their involvement in the Gold Service Scholarship.”

Ranging from waiters and assistant managers through sommeliers and bar staff, the Gold Service
Scholarship attracts candidates from hotels, restaurants, catering companies and many other service
organisations and venues.

The key common denominator of all Gold Service Scholarship applicants has always been a desire to
improve their skill set, to network with like-minded industry colleagues, and to engage with the Trustees
and Ambassadors who are active mentors throughout the process.

Applications must be made online on An explanation of the
Scholarship process, with tips on how to apply, is also on the website. Following the closing date for
entries on 2nd October, the Quarter Finals will take place on 26th October at the Langham and the Hotel
Café Royal on 28th October, followed by the Semi-Finals on 25th November at Rosewood London. The
Final testing will be held at Corinthia London in early January, followed by the Gala Awards Ceremony
on 12th February at The Berkeley where the new 2020 Scholar will be announced.

Past Scholars proudly explain how much their achievement has meant to their career growth. The current
2019 Scholar, Karen Gruet, who is Assistant Restaurant Manager at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons,
proudly explained: “The Scholarship has enabled me to develop my knowledge through many incredible
learning experiences and has helped me explore many different sides of the front-of-house profession.”
Hospitality consultant and Gold Service Scholarship Ambassador Diego Masciaga also commented:
“Service is a huge commitment; anyone can be great for a few days but being consistently able to deliver
exceptional service requires a 24-hour commitment, hunger to succeed, humility and honesty – and this
is what the Gold Service Scholarship instills in our young professionals.”

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