2022 Scholar – Thomas Gammella

Thomas Gammella, from the Clockspire Restaurant in Somerset was named the Gold Service Scholarship’s 2022 Scholar on 15 February at a gala reception and presentation at Claridge's in London.

Having proceeded through the Quarter Final, Semi Final and Final assessments over the past several months, where tasks and interviews covered a wide variety of front-of-house skills, all eight of the Winning Finalists shone through. Thomas Gammella proved to be a particularly noteworthy candidate through the entire process. His background, prior to joining The Clockspire as Deputy Restaurant Manager, and then becoming Restaurant Manager, was in Milan as a waiter at both Ristorante Da Palmiro and Da Regina Irio, and as a trainee at Hotel dei Giardini. Special Commendation has also been awarded to two Finalists - Manon Gaillard, Senior Footman at the Royal Household, and Harry Champion, Private Members Club Manager of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. 

Chairman of the Judges Edward Griffiths elaborated:

“Thomas Gammella has shown himself to be a very personable and confident young man, with great front of house service skills, and he is a worthy Scholar. The judging process was once again a difficult task, faced with eight Winning Finalists, and all with such wonderful talent. They should all be proud of their achievement as we celebrate Thomas as the Scholar, and Manon Gaillard and Harry Champion as Commended Finalists. As we mark our 10th anniversary, we are encouraged to see such talent continuing to shine in our Industry.”

As the new Scholar, Thomas will enjoy a range of prizes with personalised opportunities to broaden his hospitality experience, including opportunities of work experience at Buckingham Palace and the Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok, an educational visit to Laurent Perrier and a four-day specialised course, together with all Winning Finalists at Lausanne Hotel School. Sergio Rebecchi added:

“The unique educational opportunities Thomas has earned, will be of great benefit to achieve his goals in his chosen career path in hospitality.”

The other Winning Finalists in this years’ competition are:

Julien Beltzung
Executive Sommelier, The Glenturret Lalique Restaurant, Perthshire

Harry Champion
Private Membership Club Manager, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club

Max Daglish
Assistant Restaurant Manager, Northcote Hotel, Lancashire

Manon Gaillard
Senior Footman, Royal Household

Thomas Gammella
Restaurant Manager, Clockspire Restaurant, Somerset

Riccardo Migliorini
Chef de Rang, Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester

Valentina Pirri
Guest Relations Manager, Davies and Brook, Claridge’s

Anne Rasing
Restaurant Supervisor, Kerridge’s Bar & Grill, Corinthia London

Our scholars

Thomas Gammella

Elizabeth Forkuoh

Karen Cross (née Gruet)

Michael Staub

Stephanie Beresforde

Jennifer Santner

Daniele Quattromini

James Fleming

Rebecca Clough (née Dibben)