The Gold Service Scholarship 2023 Announces Successful Semi-Finalists

The Gold Service Scholarship, the UK’s premier award for aspiring young professionals in the hospitality industry, has announced the list of candidates who have successfully reached the Semi-Final stage of the 2023 competition.

With an impressive number of initial entries, and following two Quarter Final assessment days held at the Langham Hotel and at Hotel Café Royal, 41 candidates will now take part in the Semi-Final, which will be held on 14th November 2022 at Rosewood London. The Final of the competition will then take place on 16th January 2023 at Corinthia London, and the Awards Reception to announce the new Scholar 2023 at Claridge’s on 15th February 2023.

The variety of entrants has been particularly impressive this year, with candidates from many of the UK’s most prestigious establishments, representing a distinguished range of five-star hotels, restaurants and The Royal Household.

Chair of the Judges, Edward Griffiths said: “We have been delighted to see a high level of entries, despite continued challenges in the industry, and the quality of entrants has again surpassed our expectations. As a result, we are seeing a record number of talented young professionals reach the Semi-Final stage. The spread of entries from across the country is also heart-warming, and we now have the difficult task of selecting eight very worthy winning Finalists in January.”

The list of Semi-Finalists is as follows:

Luca Aloisi Head Waiter Il Borro
Zilbehar Asani Restaurant Supervisor The Lanesborough
Charlotte Bailey Fine Dining Head Waiter Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons
Arline Bronkhorst Floor Manager Bibi Restaurant
Diana Caruntu Restaurant Manager Hotel Café Royal
Luca Cavazzoni Restaurant Supervisor The Rosebery, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
Roberto Chaves Assistant Bar Manager Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
Scott Crowe Chef de Rang Number One, Balmoral Hotel
Giulia d’Angelo Assistant Manager Trivet Restaurant
Florian David Head Waiter The Waterside Inn
Laëtitia Decure Restaurant Supervisor The Dorchester
Fanny Descouts Assistant Manager Savoy Grill by Gordon Ramsay
Romy Diplexcito Head Waiter Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Gleneagles
Bradley Earland Assistant Restaurant Manager Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa
Davide Esposito Assistant Restaurant Manager The Ned
Valentino Galdi Chef de Rang Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons
Vivien Gyulai Assistant Restaurant Manager The Woodspeen Restaurant
Tom Hanlon Restaurant Manager Northcote
Etienne Harding Assistant Restaurant Manager The Goring Hotel
Rachel Harvey Management Trainee Rosewood Hotel London
Jupiter Humphrey-Bishop Footman The Royal Household, Buckingham Palace
Lucas Kelly Food & Beverage Supervisor South Lodge Hotel & Spa
Ryan Kenyon Restaurant Manager Coast Saundersfoot
Max Lawrence Junior Assistant Restaurant Manager L’Enclume
Daniela Mayer Assistant Restaurant Manager Strathearn Restaurant, Gleneagles
Emilie Monte Lounge Supervisor Corinthia London
Mario Paglia Food & Beverage Manager Baglioni Hotels & Resorts
Andrea Perissinotto Restaurant Supervisor Galvin at Windows
Daniel Price Assistant Restaurant Manager The Lanesborough Grill, The Lanesborough
Alana Quigley Assistant Restaurant Manager Gleneagles
Alex Ranzetta Assistant Restaurant Manager Royal Exchange Bar & Restaurant, Fortnum & Mason
Kevin Ricou Head Waiter  The Ritz London
Beth Sampson  Junior Assistant Restaurant Manager  L’Enclume
Paolo Scialpi Bar Supervisor Connaught Bar, The Connaught
Ashton Smith  Management Trainee Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
Mélina Soulavie  Sommelier Hélène Darroze at The Connaught
 Alice Taraschi Bar’s Deputy Manager Claridge’s
Lupo Thoenes  Head Sommelier Hélène Darroze at The Connaught
Robin Tola Head Waiter Hélène Darroze at The Connaught
Lynn van Logtestijn Head Waiter Core by Clare Smyth
Jade Walker Head Waiter The Ritz London

Launched in 2012, The Gold Service Scholarship exists to inspire, educate and nurture the UK’s finest young front-of-house talent. Led by a group of the industry’s most senior figures, the annual competition is open to individuals aged 22-28 who work full-time in front of house food and beverage service in the UK hospitality industry – and who wish to hone their craft and further their careers under the mentorship and guidance of the Trustees, Judges and Ambassadors of the Gold Service Scholarship.

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