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Front of House Scholarship launched

Front of House Scholarship launched

A unique scholarship has been launched to encourage young people to make a professional career out of front of house hospitality. The Gold Service Scholarship is sponsored by BaxterStorey – the UK’s largest independent food service provider – and has been designed to help develop the skills of aspiring individuals in the restaurant service industry.

The competition to become the first scholar is now open for anybody between the ages of 22 and 30 working in the UK in any aspect of restaurant service; including hotels, restaurants, contract catering, licensed hospitality and clubs. The first of its kind in the industry, The Gold Service Scholarship will see competitors receive support along the way from an elite group of mentors to help them enhance their skills into the ‘stand out’ service professionals of the future. The winner of the scholarship will receive a year’s worth of mentoring, educational training, travel and work experience delivered by the best in the business. Runners-up will also receive personal mentoring sessions and a one-day master class.

The dedicated group of professionals involved include Silvano Giraldin, Director of Roux Restaurants; Edward Griffiths, Deputy Master of the Household at Buckingham Palace; John Davey, Founder of the John Davey Consultancy and Willy Bauer OBE, Chairman of AB hotels, among others.

Alastair Storey, Chairman of BaxterStorey, said: “It’s important that young people in Britain should aspire to a job in hospitality, which in most other countries is seen as a really important career. My dream for the scholarship is that it is inclusive and it’s great to have so many mentors involved who are committed to encouraging aspiring young people to join the industry. Through entering the scholarship we can help them realise how much fun there is to be had and how much professionalism there is in this sector.”

The competition comprises four parts. The first is an online test of multiple-choice questions and simple photo analysis; the second part involves candidates meeting the judges, performing some basic service tasks and answering more questions to assess their approach and potential. Finalists will then receive a one-day master class with personal mentoring to develop their skills to a higher level. The final will take place in February where contestants will show off their service skills to judges and invited guests at a special lunch, with the winner announced at a high-profile awards ceremony the same evening.

Competitors have until midnight on Monday 19 November to apply online. For full details on how to enter as well as how to get involved as an employer or sponsor, please visit

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