The Gold Service Scholarship announces Winning Scholar 2023

Jupiter Humphrey-Bishop, from The Royal Household, has been named the Scholar of the 2023 Gold Service Scholarship. The announcement was revealed at a gala reception at Claridge’s on 15 February attended by 250 of the hospitality industry’s élite, and is the culmination of several months of assessments and judging.

Two Commended Winning Finalists were also given recognition – Charlotte Bailey, Fine Dining Head Waiter at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, and Robin Tola, Head Waiter from Hélène Darroze at The Connaught.

The other Winning Finalists, who proceeded to the Final in January 2023, are:

Giulia d’Angelo                        Waitress/Sommelier                            Trivet Restaurant

Ryan Kenyon                           Restaurant Manager                           Coast Saundersfoot

Lynn van Logtestijn                  Head Waiter                                        Core by Clare Smyth

Daniela Mayer                          Assistant Restaurant Manager            Strathearn Restaurant, Gleneagles

Kevin Ricou                              Head Waiter                                        The Ritz London


Edward Griffiths, Chairman of the Judges, commented: “”Huge congratulations to such a worthy 2023 Scholar and our two impressive commended Winning Finalists!  Again, this year brought us such an impressive level of talent throughout the competition.  In celebrating the achievements of all eight Winning Finalists, we also had an amazing number of Semi Finalists, whose level of skills were so close to our final eight.  It is commendable to see the continued growth in talent in service, and an endorsement to the career opportunities in this great profession.”

Chairman of the Trustees, Alastair Storey, added: “Having just marked a decade of celebrating the phenomenal talent who have engaged with The Gold Service Scholarship, I am increasingly proud to work in this industry. I am also, however, one of many who has concerns for our future workforce, and therefore want to wholeheartedly encourage young people to join our dynamic industry, and to recognise that a career in hospitality is rewarding, fascinating, fun, and challenging. This year’s group of candidates, and especially the Winning Finalists, will play their own part as mentors to encourage, endorse and even recruit into hospitality roles – they are the future leaders.”

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 Supporters of The Gold Service Scholarship.

Over the last decade, candidates and eventual winning Finalists and Scholars have come from hugely diverse backgrounds from across the UK, including a great range of hotels and restaurants, as well as large event and food service companies, Royal Palaces, and private clubs.

The current Trustees of The Gold Service Scholarship are Alastair Storey (Chairman), Edward Griffiths (Chairman of the Judges), Alessandro Fasoli, Lydia Forte, Silvano Giraldin, Thomas Kochs, Sergio Rebecchi, and Knut Wylde.

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