MY SCHOLARSHIP YEAR
The Journey So Far…
When I won the Acorn Scholarship in November 2015, I knew it was going to open doors for me and heighten my exposure as well as my career within the hospitality industry but who would have thought there were so many doors waiting to be opened? From trips abroad to networking events, mentoring to the Cateys. The past six months have been absolutely life changing!
After presenting to 10 of the industry’s most successful business people at Westminster Kingsway College, London, back in NOvember 2015, I was delighted to be announced as the Acorn Scholar for 2016!
Since the scholarship year started I have visited the Villeroy & Boch headquarters in Luxembourg with Nick Green and the young chefs of the year. I have attended the Catey’s and many networking events around hospitality and employee engagement. I even attended Hospitality’s Big Quiz of the Year!
The highlight of the year for me so far has been having two mentors: Sean Wheeler and Jo Harley (see mentor’s page) – their support and guidance has been invaluable. Jo has really pushed me into connecting with people and assessing my personal management style to make the most of my skills. She invites me to events she feels would be relevant and shares in my successes on a very personable level.
Sean has been another key driver to my success and has welcomed me into his professional life with shadowing days which focus on operations as well as people development in a luxury market.
I have recently managed to secure an exciting new role as font of house manager, Montague on the Gardens, (Red Carnation Hotels) which is a role I probably wouldn’t have considered for myself prior to being awarded the Scholarship and having my mentors’ support and motivation throughout the year.
Alongside starting my new role, I am also hoping to complete a shadowing day with Zoe Jenkins, general manager at Cowarth Park as well as a day session with Jodi Goldman to look at personal presentation.
If anybody is weighing up enetering the Acorn Scholarship this year – Just Do It! It will enhance your career more than you can ever imagine. You don’t need all the answers or years of experience – you need passion, dedication and motivation. The rest will just follow! Good Luck!
WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
“Charlotte blew all the judges away – she showed real initiative preparing for her opportunity to present to the judging panel and her presentation was creative and confident. She will be a fantastic ambassador and role model.” William Baxter.
“Charlotte impressed the judges with her originality, enthusiasm and obvious dedication to the hospitality industry. Since winning she has increased the remit of her role and taken part in numerous networking events. As a mentee she is a pleasure to work with, open to learning and with a real drive and determination to succeed. She is a rising star and one to watch in the future.” Jo Harley.
Daniel demonstrated a real passion to better himself through the guidance and development of the Acorn Scholarship. He returned in 2014 to face the Scholarship judges and his enthusiasm and determination was very apparent to us all. It was clear that here was an individual that needed help to realise his full potential and we knew that we could provide him with some really beneficial introductions and experiences in to the world of casual dining and business management. “A very talented individual – in fact one day he’ll work for me” – James Horler
Provenance Food Hall and Restaurant
Head Chef, The Almanack
2003 and inaugural Scholar
Ginger Village Pubs