About the Acorn Scholarship

Acorn Scholarship2018 FINAL


The Acorn Scholarship, is an award created by previous winners of The Caterer’s Acorn Awards.

It’s now in its 16th year, and annually presents a young manager, chef, HR manager, sommelier, or any high-achiever involved in hospitality with the opportunity to make a name for themselves by presenting their skills and ambitions to some of the most respected names in the industry.

There is an annual prize worth more than £5,000 and the winner will become part of a prestigious Acorn Scholarship alumni. Past winners include Simon Houston, now sales director of Bartlett Mitchell, award-winning chocolatier and patissier Will Torrent, Jon Reed, Brand Director, Paddy & Scott’s Retail, Daniel McLoughlin, opening project manager of Shoda Café & Restaurant and Sandra Preciado, events manager, The Rosewood hotel, London.

The judging panel selected to interview the successful finalists face-to-face at this year’s final includes Sean Wheeler, director of people development – Principal Hotels; Kayleigh Wilshire, director of learning and talent, The Dorchester Collection; Moira Laird, human resources director, Valor Hospitality Partners; Ruston Toms, founding trustee of The PM Trust and director of Blue Apple Contract Catering, Hannah Horler, managing director of Cartwheel Recruitment; Lisa Jenkins; products and suppliers editor of The Caterer and Jon Reed, Brand Director, Paddy & Scott’s

Jo Harley, another Acorn Scholarship judge and managing director of Purple Cubed, commented: “As a people and talent specialist, Purple Cubed take on the role of coach for our winning scholar each year and the judges and I will be looking for a determinedly ambitious individual, and a leader of tomorrow with drive and passion for our diverse, fast-moving and exciting industry.”

Applicants are required to complete an online entry form (via the above link) and the shortlisted finalists will be asked to present the submission to the panel of judges on the 26 November at The Rubens Hotel, London.  The winner of the 2019 Acorn Scholarship will be announced on the same day at a dinner at the highly-acclaimed city-centre hotel.

purplecubedPeople engagement specialist Purple Cubed has supported The Acorn Scholarship since its inception.

Each scholar attends quarterly coaching and development sessions with the company to support their future growth.








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