Deadline for entries for the third Gold Service Scholarship, which is aimed at recognising the brightest young professionals working in restaurant service, has been extended until 10 October.
Organised in partnership with the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and the Academy of Food and Wine Service, the winner of the scholarship will be selected by a host of leading hospitality professionals.
Edward Griffiths, deputy master of the Royal Household, will chair the judging panel, which will include John Davey, Silvano Giraldin, Emmanuel Landre, Diego Masciaga and Sergio Rebecchi.
Entry is through the website www.thegoldservicescholarship.co.uk where there are also full details of the scholarship opportunities and video clips of last year's regional finals, national finals and awards ceremony. The prizes include a one week stage at a European property within the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and a placement of up to three days during a state visit to Buckingham Palace.
This year's awards will see regional finals take place at the University of West London on 18 and 19 November 2014, while the national final will be at the Connaught Hotel in London on Monday, 2 February 2015.
The awards ceremony will be on Monday, 9 February 2015 at Claridge's hotel in London.
Last year's winner was James Fleming, who at the time was working at Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons. He is now at London's Berkeley hotel.