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The Gold Service Scholarship announces its 2020 Scholar
Award garnered by Elizabeth Forkuoh, FBS Junior Assistant Manager, Strathearn Restaurant at Gleneagles, Perthshire
The Trustees and Judges of The Gold Service Scholarship announced the winning 2020 Scholar during a reception presentation at The Berkeley in Knightsbridge, London.
“Having proceeded through the Quarter Final, Semi Final and Final assessments over the past several months, where tasks and interviews assessed a wide variety of front-of house skills, Elizabeth Forkuoh proved to be a noteworthy and charming candidate through the entire process,” said Chairman of the Judges, Edward Griffiths. “Elizabeth shone through with very rounded characteristics, and impeccable social skills.”
Elizabeth Forkuoh’s background in hospitality started at Stradey Park Hotel where she was a part-time Waitress while a student. She then joined Gleneagles in 2017 as a Chef de Rang in the Strathearn Restaurant, progressing to Head Waitress in 2018, and then to her current role as FBS Junior Assistant Manager in mid-2019.
As the new Scholar, Elizabeth will now enjoy a range of prizes with personalised opportunities to broaden her hospitality experience, including work placements overseas and in the UK, as well as a stage at either Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle for a State Visit, and a tailored educational course on Hotel & Restaurant Management at the Lausanne Hotel School.
“The talent pool of candidates gets better and better each year,” commented Alastair Storey, Chairman of the Gold Service Scholarship. “And the 2020 group of applicants has truly impressed the Trustees and Judges with their professionalism. Not only are their service skills totally on point, but they have a remarkable enthusiasm for the industry. Each one of them has become a proud ambassador for choosing hospitality as a great career option.”
A special commendation was made for Lauren Frid, who is Assistant Supervisor at Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental London, with the Judges noting her consistent performance throughout the competition.
Background to The Gold Service Scholarship
The 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 and beverage, and nurtures young talent through tailored mentoring. The Trustees include some of the UK’s most highly regarded hospitality professionals, including Willy Bauer OBE (Founder), Alastair Storey OBE (Chairman), Edward Griffiths CVO (Chairman of the Judges), Sergio Rebecchi MdL, Silvano Giraldin MdL, Thomas Kochs, Sara Jayne Stanes OBE and John Davey.
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