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Compass catering manager is 2009 Acorn Scholar

27 November 2008 by

Simone Sylvestre, catering manager with Compass Group's fine dining division Restaurant Associates, has been named as the Acorn Scholar 2009.

Sylvestre, who becomes the seventh scholar, impressed a judging panel including Michelin-starred chef and restaurateur Michael Caines with her "perseverance, tenacity and commitment to personal development".

The catering manager receives a £2,000 bursary to help towards her career goal of becoming a Master of Wine; £1,500 worth of Learnpurple training; a trip to Villeroy and Boch in Luxembourg and free Springboard UK Ambassador training as well as mentoring.

Cecilia Quino from the Westbury Mayfair hotel was named as runner-up.

You can read about Rob Hartwell the 2008 Acorn Scholar and his experiences on a four-month cooks tour while on sabbatical from his sous chef role with Peach Pub Company below:

Rob Hartwell journey from Frog Porridge Café to Raffles Singapore >>
Rob Hartwell on life in Sydney >>
Rob Hartwell goes down under >>
Acorn scholar goes native in Fuji >>

Acorn Scholarship 2009 >>

Acorn Scholarship website >>

2007 Acorn Scholarship winner joins ISS Mediclean >>

Meet the former winners of the Acorn Scholarship >>

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