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Gold Service Scholar 2019 announced
The Trustees of the Gold Service Scholarship announced last week that the 2019 Scholar is Karen Gruet from Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire.
The announcement was made at a reception at Claridge’s Hotel, London on Monday, 4 February 2019. This followed the Final assessment lunch, which had been held at Corinthia Hotel, London in January.
Karen Gruet is Assistant Restaurant Manager at the Michelin two-starred restaurant at Le Manoir. French born, Karen started her work career in the UK in 2013 at Le Manoir as a Commis de Rang, then moved to Restaurant Sat Bains (also Michelin two-starred) in 2014 as a Chef de Rang. She returned to Le Manoir in late 2014, since when she has progressed through the front-of-house ranks of the restaurant.
Commenting on her role at the hotel, she enjoys anticipating and exceeding guests’ expectations, and is “extremely driven with a passion for knowledge and developing her skills.”
Chairman of the Judges, Edward Griffiths, enthused about the high calibre of candidates for the 2019 Scholarship programme, saying: “Not only did we have a challenging time whittling down the initial 100 applicants at the early stages of the competition, but choosing the Scholar from the group of eight winning Finalists was also a difficult task. Each year, the quality of candidates improves in terms of ability, experience, enthusiasm and social skills.”
Special commendations were given to two other Finalists: James Dainton of The Northall at Corinthia Hotel London, for showing the most potential; and Tiziano de Mattia, of Hide Restaurant in London, who presented the most consistent performance.
Gold Service Scholarship
The Gold Service Scholarship was launched in 2012 to encourage a lasting heritage of excellence in hospitality. The programme celebrates the craft of front-of-house service in Food & Beverage, and nurtures young talent through tailored mentoring.
The Scholars and Finalists of the previous six competitions have had impressive progression in their careers to date, due in part to the connections they have established during their association with the Scholarship. As Alumni, they also make up the recently launched Team Gold, a platform to share ideas and network through social media. An educational calendar of special events hosted by guest speakers, for all Scholars and Finalists, provides learning opportunities in the company of leading industry figures.
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