The Gold Service Scholarship 2024 reveals successful semi-finalists

(Photo of our quarter finalists at the recent heat held at The Langham)

The 40 food and beverage front-of-house professionals who have made it through to the semi-final of the 2024 Gold Service Scholarship have been revealed.  

The pool of candidates has come from across the industry, from pubs and private members’ clubs to Michelin-starred restaurants and five-star hotels.

The candidates, all aged between 22-28 work across the UK, including Cornwall, London, Edinburgh, Perthshire, Yorkshire, Pembrokeshire and Newcastle.  

The quarter-final took place in October at the Langham and Hotel Café Royal in London and saw the highest number of entrants reach this stage of the competition. With more than 100 qualifying this year, candidates were tested through personal interviews, written assessments and a table layout test.   

Chair of judges, Edward Griffiths, said: “The standard of entries this year was incredible and narrowing the pool of quarter-finalists – the highest number of entrants we’ve ever had qualifying for the quarter-finals – was really difficult for the judges. We can’t wait for the semi-final where they will face further assessments, allowing them to demonstrate more of their front-of-house skills.”  

The 40 semi-finalists selected to go on to the next round of the competition at Rosewood London on 20 November will include: 


Rizwan Khan, General Manager, Junsei, London  

Vanessa Rieder, Head Waiter, Claridge’s Restaurant at Claridge’s 

Fanny Descouts, Assistant Restaurant Manager, Savoy Grill by Gordon Ramsay  

Roberto Villani, Assistant Head Waiter, Hélène Darroze at the Connaught  

Vaibhav Chhetri, Food and Beverage Supervisor, A Wong, London  

Ciro Capasso, Restaurant Supervisor, The Dorchester  

Alexandra Sollis, Guest Relations Manager, The Scarlet Hotel, Cornwall  

Kyle Bryant, Wedding and Events Manager, Clevedon Hall, Somerset  

Joseph Gregory, Storyteller, The Fat Duck, Berkshire  

Callum Robertson, Floor Manager, Mauro Colagreco at Raffles at the OWO  

Luca Trento, Head Waiter, The Ritz   

Andrea Di Gangi, Restaurant Supervisor, Pavyllon at Four Seasons on Park Lane  

Liam Wainwright, Head Waiter, Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester  

Daisy Hudson, Restaurant Supervisor, The Clockspire Restaurant & Bar, Somerset  

Blue Everton, Events Waitress, Hotel Cafe Royal  

Diana-Carolina Suzuki Chong, Restaurant Supervisor, Kerridge’s, Corinthia London 

Etienne Harding, Assistant Restaurant Manager, The Goring Hotel  

Serena Fedele, Cocktail Waitress, The Donovan Bar at Brown’s Hotel  

Diana Zebro, Head Waitress, Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester  

Rosa De Rosa, Head Waitress, Claridge’s  

Rohit Sharma, Senior Waiter, The Greyhound Pub and Dining, Buckinghamshire

Joe Southwood, Assistant Lounge Manager, Corinthia London  

Daniel Ecock, Food & Beverage Manager in Training, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal – Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park   

Scott Crowe, Supervisor, Number One, Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh  

Simona Federová, Chef de Rang, The Ritz   

Francesca Merico, Assistant Manager, St Vincent Restaurant, Newcastle  

Tilly Morris, Assistant Restaurant Manager, Grove of Narberth, Pembrokeshire   

Serena Buono, Assistant Manager, Royal Automobile Club, Surrey  

Alanna Cross, Food and Beverage Supervisor, Woven by Adam Smith, Coworth Park Hotel, Berkshire  

Bethany Chawner, Event Operations Manager, Grantley Hall, Yorkshire  

Federico Deppieri, Head Waiter, The Ritz 

Daniel Mulcahy, Restaurant Supervisor, CUT at 45 Park Lane, London

Fatima Patel, Event Operations Manager, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium  

Alice Law, Chef de Rang, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London  

Fabrizia Welman, Assistant Restaurant Manager, Hearth, Heckfield Place, Hampshire  

Annabel Rohm, Restaurant Assistant Manager, Gleneagles, Auchterarder, Perthshire  

Isabella Condon, Head Waiter, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park   

Holly Power, F&B Manager in Training, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park   

Freya Ruston, Assistant Restaurant Manager, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London  

Leo Levinson, Head Waiter, Claridge’s  


The final will take place on 15 January 2024 at the Corinthia London, with the Scholar named at an awards ceremony on 5 February at Claridge’s in London.  

The Gold Service Scholarship was launched in 2012 to inspire the UK’s up and coming front-of-house talent in food and beverage through mentoring, travel and placement opportunities, nurturing the leaders of the future.  

Each year’s scholar and winning finalists receive a range of prizes tailored to support their professional development, from trips to Champagne, Tokaji, Porto, and Mosel; a bespoke development programme at EHL Hospitality Business School in Switzerland; and the opportunity to work a state visit to Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle; to  work experience at prestigious hotels and restaurants such as the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok; an overseas Rocco Forte Hotel; the Waterside Inn in Bray, Berkshire; and Gleneagles in Perthshire.  


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