The Gold Service Scholarship 2020 is now open until Wednesday 2nd October 2019. The competition, now in its 8th year, continues its annual search for ambitious and talented UK front-of-house specialists, aged 22-28, working in Food & Beverage, who aspire to greater professional heights in their careers.

Edward Griffiths, Trustee and Chairman of the Judges, praised the phenomenal quality of candidates and their achievements over the past seven years of the Scholarship. “It has been so gratifying and rewarding to meet and mentor so many young people who are dedicated to their particular craft within the hospitality industry. Each year, we have witnessed the pride they take in their work, and the appreciation they have for their involvement in the Gold Service Scholarship.”

Ranging from waiters and assistant managers through sommeliers and bar staff, the Gold Service Scholarship attracts candidates from hotels, restaurants, catering companies and many other service organisations and venues.

The key common denominator of all Gold Service Scholarship applicants has always been a desire to improve their skill set, to network with like-minded industry colleagues, and to engage with the Trustees and Ambassadors who are active mentors throughout the process.

Applications must be made online on An explanation of the Scholarship process, with tips on how to apply, is also on the website. Following the closing date for entries on 2nd October, the Quarter Finals will take place on 26th October at the Langham and the Hotel Café Royal on 28th October, followed by the Semi-Finals on 25th November at Rosewood London. The Final testing will be held at Corinthia London in early January, followed by the Gala Awards Ceremony on 12th February at The Berkeley where the new 2020 Scholar will be announced.

Past Scholars proudly explain how much their achievement has meant to their career growth. The current 2019 Scholar, Karen Gruet, who is Assistant Restaurant Manager at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, proudly explained: “The Scholarship has enabled me to develop my knowledge through many incredible learning experiences and has helped me explore many different sides of the front-of-house profession.” Hospitality consultant and Gold Service Scholarship Ambassador Diego Masciaga also commented: “Service is a huge commitment; anyone can be great for a few days but being consistently able to deliver exceptional service requires a 24-hour commitment, hunger to succeed, humility and honesty – and this is what the Gold Service Scholarship instills in our young professionals.”


Applicants must be employed full-time in food and beverage service, in any sector of the industry, within the United Kingdom.  They must also be aged between a minimum of 22 and a maximum of 28 years on Wednesday 2nd October 2019.


Key Dates

Quarter Final – 24th October, The Langham

                          26th October, Hotel Café Royal

Semi Final – 26th November, Rosewood London

Development Seminar and Final – January (date TBC), Corinthia London

Awards Ceremony – 12th February, The Berkeley

Note, successful applicants will only be required to attend one Quarter Final heat.

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