Red Carnation's Milestone hotel in London's Kensington and its staff are set to take centre stage on national television tomorrow night as they star in the first of a new Channel 4 TV series called http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-intern/video/series-1/episode-1/s1-ep1-top-candidates" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer">The Intern.
The show will see presenter Hilary Devey hijack the recruitment process of a high-profile firm each week by giving three young interns a week's trial in the job of their dreams.
Tomorrow's episode, the first in the series, will see 18-year-old Taelre, a café worker, 22-year-old Georgia, and 21-year-old graduate Princess compete for a job at the hotel.
The situations they face promise to be slightly more outlandish that those a management trainee would normally encounter in their first week, with Channel 4 promising to show how Taelre copes when a guest's Aston Martin is towed away, how Georgia handles a warring couple when the wife suspects the husband of having an affair, and how Princess responds when a celebrity - Made in Chelsea's Hugo - is caught in a "very compromising position".
However Red Carnation's managing director Jonathan Raggett, who will also appear in the programme, said he hoped it would highlight the excellent opportunities available to young people in the hospitality industry.
"I just hope it is good for Red Carnation and people look upon us as being an even better company than they perhaps do today. But more importantly I hope it inspires people to think ‘wow, that looks very interesting, that's the sort of thing I would like to do'," said Raggett.
He said the TV production firm behind the show had told him Red Carnation had been chosen to participate because of its status as a Sunday Times Top 100 company, and the fact that it has Investors in People gold award status. It was filmed last year.
"I was very excited about doing it. I haven't seen it so I have no idea how it is going to look from a Red Carnation perspective but hopefully it will get across the fact that there are a lot of youths out there who haven't got jobs and hospitality is an industry where if one works hard and is committed you can do really well," he added.