The Gold Service Scholarship young front of house professionals competition has launched a series of masterclass videos and announced the schedule of its 2021/22 competition.
Available to view on the Gold Service Scholarship website, the masterclasses have been created for front of house professionals wishing to further their food and beverage knowledge and develop their careers. The videos are presented by established industry professionals, including past Gold Service scholars and finalists.
The educational videos will provide tutorials on many key elements of front-of-house service, with subjects ranging from ‘decanting, opening and pouring Champagne', ‘carving a châteaubriand' and ‘table settings', to ‘classic cocktail making', ‘filleting a Dover sole', and ‘preparing a steak tartare'.
The short videos will divulge tips and techniques on perfecting standards in front of house service, whether for restaurants, hotels or private catering establishments. More masterclasses, covering ‘carving a chicken or duck', ‘preparing a Caesar salad', ‘carving a rack of lamb' and ‘serving an afternoon tea', will be added to the library in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, the 2021/22 Gold Service Scholarship competition will be open for applications online from 1 September at www.thegoldservicescholarship.co.uk, with a closing date of 4 October. The quarter final assessment days will be on 25 October at the Hotel Café Royal and 26 October at the Langham, both in London. The semi-final will be held at Rosewood London at the end of November and the final will be hosted by Corinthia London in January 2022, with the gala award ceremony in February 2022 at Claridge's.
Trustee and chairman of the judges Edward Griffiths said: "Having paused last year's scholarship due to Covid restrictions, the trustees are hugely enthusiastic about the plans for this year's competition, and we look forward to many applications from interested candidates, supported by their employers. More than ever, we are championing hospitality as an exciting and rewarding career option, and the Gold Service Scholarship is steadfast in its role of mentoring, nurturing and celebrating young talent in our industry."
Chairman of the trustees Alastair Storey added: "It has been an incredibly difficult 18 months for the hospitality industry, and we hope that these wonderful masterclasses will inspire a new generation to learn the skills and showmanship which attract and delight customers. The recent successes of the British athletes at the Tokyo Olympics show that, with investment, dedication and ambition, there are few limits to what can be achieved."