Gold Service Scholarship will return in 2014 to encourage youngsters

The Gold Service Scholarship, which celebrates front-of-house hospitality, will be back in 2014.

The scholarship, which was launched last year and was won by 22-year-old restaurant supervisor Rebecca Dibben, is open to anyone aged between 22 and 30 that is working within hospitality. This could be any job in the sector, such as hotels, bars, clubs, high-street restaurants, contract catering or fine dining.

As part of the competition, entrants must face an online test and simple photo analysis, a regional heat of basic service tasks and a question-and-answer session with the judges, a one-day master class and finally the National Final, which is set to take place at The Connaught, Mayfair, on February 3rd 2014.

The winner, who will be announced at a special ceremony at Claridge's on February 10th 2014, will then receive a programme of restaurant placements, with full mentoring and training from experts such as Michele Roux Jr, Silvano Giraldin, Sergio Rebecchi and Fred Sirieix.

Alastair Storey, who chairs the competition’s lead sponsor BaxterStorey, said: “The Gold Service Scholarship is truly unique and a fantastic opportunity to learn from the very best. We want to encourage young professionals from all areas of service to feel passionate and proud to work in hospitality and believe the scholarship goes a long way in showcasing the possibilities a career in hospitality can provide them – whatever their service background.”

Rebecca Dibben has already managed to provide service at a Buckingham Palace Garden Party as part of her prize. She will soon be visiting Champagne, France, in order to work with Laurent-Perrier, while a trip to work at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Bangkok for two weeks is also in the pipeline.

Entries are accepted until September. To apply, and for more information, visit here.

Berkeley Scott is a specialist recruitment agency providing hospitality employment solutions.