A former West End theatre star turned butler has been awarded City and Guilds' Medal for Excellence for his achievement in level three City and Guilds International Professional Butlers' Diploma at the University of West London.
Jody Crosier, who has stared in Les Misérables and Miss Saigon decided on a career change and used his skills acquired through acting into the hospitality industry and enrolled onto a course at the University's London School of Hospitality and Tourism in 2010.
City and Guilds award only one medal for excellence for each industry sector per year in the UK.
"I am shocked and surprised by this recognition but it reflects the hard work that I have put into my studies. This award will be a positive stepping stone in my career and I'm thankful to the University of West London for all their support," Crosier said.
The course offers theoretical and practical learning on all aspects of being a butler from housekeeping to storage of fine wines. It wasn't long before Crosier's abilities impressed the management at London's iconic Savoy Hotel offered him work as a butler, and has been in the role since March 2011.
Crosier role as butler includes working for a number of A-list celebrities and wealthy clients from around the world and is responsible for delivering high quality service to the hotel's guests and receives positive feedback from his famous guests.
Commenting on Crosier's win, Patricia Paskins, hospitality lecturer at the University's London School of Hospitality and Tourism, said:
‘I am delighted for Jody and I'm really pleased about the effort and dedication that he has shown throughout his studies. The Butlers' Diploma is an important launchpad into this industry and I am glad to see Jody utilising all the opportunities available to him at the University.'
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