2024 Scholar - Scott Crowe

Scott Crowe, a supervisor at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh, was announced as the Gold Service Scholarship’s 2024Scholar on 5 February at the annual awards ceremony at Claridge’s hotel in London.

Crowe, who is originally from Australia, has been at the Balmoral for five years, initially starting as a chef de rang before working his way up to supervisor level.

As part of his prize, Crowe will be able to take advantage of a range of educational trips, work placements and development opportunities, tailored to his knowledge and skills.

This will include a bespoke course at the world-famous EHL Hospitality Business School in Switzerland; working at a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle; placements at Michelin-starred restaurants and five-star hotels including the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Bangkok and a Rocco Forte hotel in Italy; and educational trips to Champagne and Porto.

Crowe said: “I’ve worked very hard for this, and I can’t wait to make the most of my time with the mentors, as well as enjoying some incredible learning opportunities.”

Simona Federová, chef de rang at the Ritz London, and Etienne Harding, assistant restaurant manager at the Goring hotel in London, were both highly commended.

Chair of judges Edward Griffiths said:
“This has been yet another incredible year. Not only did we see a record-breaking number of entrants but the fact that we have two highly commended candidates just tells you how high the standards were.”

Alastair Storey, chair of the Gold Service Scholarship, said: “Ever since we launched the Scholarship 12 years ago, we had a clear vision; we wanted to encourage more people into the sector and celebrate and recognise those already doing an exceptional job of maintaining the service standards that make our industry one of the best in the world.

“We also wanted to create a group of ambassadors who can continue to inspire future generations. We’re delighted with the appetite and passion that so many of our candidates demonstrated this year and can’t wait to see how their careers develop and evolve over the coming years.”

The eight winning finalists were:

Serena Buono
Assistant Restaurant Manager, Royal Automobile Club, Surrey

Scott Crowe
Supervisor, Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh

Simona Federová
Chef de rang, The Ritz London

Etienne Harding
Assistant Restaurant Manager, The Goring Hotel, London

Rizwan Khan
General Manager, Junsei Marylebone, London

Annabel Rohm
Restaurant Assistant Manager, Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire

Alexandra Sollis
Guest Relations Manager, The Scarlet Hotel, Cornwall

Joe Southwood
Assistant Lounge Manager, Corinthia London