Now in its fourth year, the competition is aimed at 22 to 28-year-olds working in food and beverage service, in any sector in the UK.
Edward Griffiths, CVO, chairman of the judges' panel said: "The scholarship has grown year on year. We have seen such tremendous support and sponsorship from throughout the industry, and we are so pleased to see an ongoing improvement in the standards and quality of front of house service and more young people expressing their talents in this competition."
Sue Thompson, a judge and operations director at Restaurant Associates, added: "We are encouraging everybody to enter. Entrants can be from any part of the hospitality industry. The 2015 winner is from a contract catering background, but you can also work in the armed services, casual dining, fine dining, restaurants or hotels. Just give it a go."
The winner will receive a bespoke prize package including a range of mentoring opportunities from some of the most senior service professionals and the chance to travel. It will also offer placements in high-profile locations such as Buckingham Palace, Le Gavroche, the Waterside Inn and the Mandarin Oriental hotel portfolio.
Daniele Quattromini, manager at ClubLounge39 and 2015 winner said: "Winning was one of the most proud moments of my life. Since winning the Gold Service Scholarship, I have had some fantastic experiences including a trip to Champagne with the other finalists and recently I have arrived back from a brilliant stage at the Waterside Inn.
"I have plans to work at Buckingham Palace at the State Banquet later in the year which I am very excited about. As a result of my Gold Service Scholarship win, I now have access to experiences that I wouldn't have had if I didn't enter the competition."
The Gold Service Scholarship was set up to inspire a new generation of future front of house professionals to view the industry as a viable career option.
Founded by Alastair Storey, key sponsor and competition chairman, and Willy Bauer, chairman of AB Hotels, the competition was launched in 2012 together with fellow trustees and key industry professionals Silvano Giraldin, Sara Jayne Stanes, Edward Griffiths, John Davey and Sergio Rebecchi. In 2015, Thomas Kochs, general manager of Claridge's, London, joined as the eighth trustee.
The competition will run between September 2015 and February 2016. Entrants will be required to complete a series of written tasks and service challenges that form qualification to the regional final, to be held at the Langham hotel, London.
The national final will be held at the Connaught hotel and the 2016 winner will be announced in February 2016 at the awards ceremony held at Claridge's.
Past winners include Rebecca Dibben, James Fleming and Daniele Quattromini.
The closing date for entries is 30 September 2015. For more information and to enter the competition visit www.thegoldservicescholarship.co.uk.
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