Gold Service Scholarship 2024 announces semi-finalists

By Joe Lutrario

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The Gold Service Scholarship 2024 announced its semi-finalists

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The 40 front-of-house professionals who have made it through to the semi-final of the 2024 Gold Service Scholarship have been revealed.

All aged between 22 and 28, the pool of candidates has come from across the industry, from Michelin-starred restaurants and five-star hotels to pubs and private members’ clubs. 

Some of the UK’s bets know venues are represented, including Claridge’s, The Fat Duck, The Ritz and A Wong (the full list of semi-finalists is published below).  

The quarter-final took place in October at the Langham and Hotel Café Royal in London and saw the highest number of entrants reach this stage of the competition.

With more than 100 qualifying this year, candidates were tested through personal interviews, written assessments and a table layout test.   

“The standard of entries this year was incredible and narrowing the pool of quarter-finalists was really difficult for the judges,” says chair of judges Edward Griffiths. We can’t wait for the semi-final where they will face further assessments, allowing them to demonstrate more of their front-of-house skills.”  

The 40 semi-finalists will go on to the next round of the competition at Rosewood London on 20 November . 

The final will take place on 15 January 2024 at the Corinthia London, with the Scholar named at an awards ceremony on 5 February at Claridge’s in London.  

The Gold Service Scholarship was launched in 2012 to inspire the UK’s up and coming front-of-house talent in food and beverage through mentoring, travel and placement opportunities, nurturing the leaders of the future.  

The full list of semi-finalists

Rizwan Khan, general manager, Junsei, London  

Vanessa Rieder, head waiter, Claridge’s Restaurant, London

Fanny Descouts, assistant restaurant manager, Savoy Grill by Gordon Ramsay, London  

Roberto Villani, assistant head waiter, Hélène Darroze at the Connaught, London  

Vaibhav Chhetri, food and beverage supervisor, A Wong, London  

Ciro Capasso, restaurant supervisor, The Dorchester, London  

Alex Sollis, guest relations manager, The Scarlet Hotel, Cornwall  

Kyle Bryant, wedding and events manager, Clevedon Hall, Somerset  

Joseph Gregory, storyteller, The Fat Duck, Berkshire  

Callum Robertson, floor manager, Mauro Colagreco at Raffles at the OWO, London  

Luca Trento, head waiter, The Ritz, London   

Andrea Di Gangi, restaurant supervisor, Pavyllon at Four Seasons on Park Lane, London  

Liam Wainwright, head waiter, Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, London  

Daisy Hudson, restaurant supervisor, The Clockspire Restaurant & Bar, Somerset  

Blue Everton, events waitress, Hotel Cafe Royal, London  

Diana-Carolina Chong, restaurant supervisor, Kerridge’s Bar & Grill, Corinthia London 

Etienne Harding, assistant restaurant manager, The Goring Hotel, London   

Serena Fedele, cocktail waitress, The Donovan Bar at Brown’s Hotel, London  

Diana Zebro, head waitress, Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, London  

Rosa De Rosa, head waitress, Claridge’s, London   

Rohit Sharma, senior waiter, The Greyhound Pub and Dining, Buckinghamshire  

Joe Southwood, assistant lounge manager, Corinthia London  

Daniel Ecock, food and beverage manager in training, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London   Scott Crowe, supervisor, Number One, Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh  

Simona Federová, chef de rang, The Ritz, London   

Francesca Merico, assistant manager, St Vincent Restaurant, Newcastle 

Tilly Morris, assistant restaurant manager, Grove of Narberth, Pembrokeshire   

Serena Buono, assistant manager, Royal Automobile Club, Surrey  

Alanna Cross, food and beverage supervisor, Woven by Adam Smith, Coworth Park, Berkshire  

Bethany Chawner, event operations manager, Grantley Hall, Yorkshire  

Federico Deppieri, head waiter, The Ritz, London 

Daniel Mulcahy, restaurant supervisor, CUT at 45 Park Lane, London  

Fatima Patel, event operations manager, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London   

Alice Law, chef de rang, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London  

Fabrizia Welman, assistant restaurant manager, Hearth, Heckfield Place, Hampshire  

Annabel Rohm, restaurant assistant manager, Gleneagles, Perthshire  

Isabella Condon, head waiter, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London   

Holly Power, F&B manager in training, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London   

Freya Ruston, assistant restaurant manager, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London  

Leo Levinson, head waiter, Claridge’s, London

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