Gold Service Scholarship announces 2017 finalists

By Sophie Witts contact

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Gold Service Scholarship announces 2017 finalists

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The Gold Service Scholarship has announced the eight finalists who will be competing to win the 2017 award.

Candidates from The Ritz, Cartmel and Fortnum & Mason were among 27 front-of-house professionals​ who took part in the semi-finals at London’s Rosewood Hotel on 28 November.

Entrants had to tackle five challenging assessments, including Table Preparation, Salesmanship, Drinks Service, Deciding Service Priorities, and Individual Interviews.

The eight winners will go on to compete in the final on 6 February 2017, followed by an awards ceremony at Claridge’s on 28 February 2017.

Last year The Queen – who is patron of the scholarship – presented the 2016 awards​ at the famous London hotel.

Judge Sergio Rebecchi praised the ‘incredibly high standards’ of this year’s contestants.

He said: “It was wonderful to judge such a wide spectrum of candidates from different establishments from around the UK.

“From this extraordinary group, the eight finalists were selected for having excelled across the range of tasks, and we very much look forward to meeting them again.”

The 2017 finalists are:

Stephanie Beresforde – Assistant Restaurant Manager, The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow, Cornwall

Ashley Best – Food & Beverage Management Trainee, The Ritz, London

Alexandra-Iulia Caciuc – Head Waitress, 45 Jermyn Street at Fortnum & Mason, London

Tom Noller – Assistant Restaurant Manager, Merchants Tavern, London

Manuel Marchetti – Assistant Maître d’Hôtel, The Waterside Inn, Bray, Berkshire

Luis Oliveira Santos – Restaurant Supervisor, Rosewood London, London

Alexandra Spatar – Restaurant Supervisor, The Woodspeen Restaurant & Cookery School, Newbury, Berkshire

Nina Thomsen – Junior Sommelier, L’Enclume, Cartmel, Cumbria

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