The Gold Service Scholarship has announced the names of the eight young front of house stars who have made it through to the 2016 competition final.
Following the regional final at the Langham hotel in London on 30 November, 24 finalists were whittled down to eight after completing a series of service tasks. Finalists were put to the test on their customer service, cocktail making and interview skills to secure a place in the final at the Connaught hotel next year.
Edward Griffiths, chairman of the judges' panel and trustee of the Gold Service Scholarship, said: "The standard of this year's competition is extremely high and the regional final really showcased the talent and tenacity of the competitors. Our top eight represent the best of the best in front of house service and all have, without a doubt, a bright future in the industry."
Jennifer Santner, assistant restaurant manager, Sky Garden, one of this year's finalists, said: "This has been a fantastic competition to be a part of and I am really looking forward to finding out what the national final has in store. I would love to win and have to opportunity to use this experience to develop my front-of-house career."
The winner will receive a bespoke prize package with a range of mentoring opportunities, travel and placements from a group of the most senior service professionals in the world.
This year's national finalists are:
- Sophia Warland, RAF Odiham, Hampshire
- Christoph Schrottenbaum, Dinner at Heston Blumenthal, London
- Tom Noller, Sexy Fish, London
- Stephanie Beresforde, Scott's Restaurant, London
- James Parum, Buckingham Palace, London
- Jennifer Santner, Sky Garden, London
- Innes Haywood, L'Enclume, Cumbria
- Charlie Lee, Fera at Claridge's, London
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