Thanks to the trustees behind the Gold Service Scholarship I was engaged to act as MC once again for their awards ceremony at Claridge’s this February, in addition to being a de facto ‘ambassador’ for the competition which was launched 4 years ago.
What a splendid occasion. Some 250 leading figures from the catering trade filled the ballroom as we waited for the arrival of our patron, Her Majesty The Queen, who demonstrated yet again her vitality and sharp interest in current issues.
Fortunately she was spared my warm up introductions but did nothing to dampen a happy evening celebrating the achievements of 8 talented finalists.
The winner was Jennifer Santner from the Fenchurch Restaurant at Sky Garden, London and three other finalists were singled out for special commendation: Stephanie Beresforde, James Parums and Christophe Schrottenbaum. And yes…I did get their names right on the night.