The two winners of the 2014 Young Guns competition were recently announced in London. Young Guns is open to students studying hospitality degrees or degrees with hospitality-focused modules, with work placement as part of the programme. Finalists demonstrate their passion and drive for the industry to a panel of eight industry experts, including our own Chief Executive, Peter Ducker FIH, who praised the quality, preparation and knowledge of this year’s contestants. The competition is an excellent way for young ‘whipper snappers’ to get themselves noticed by the industry’s top employers.
The eight worthy finalists included: Elena Kritkos (University of Portsmouth); Lauren Joseph (University College Birmingham, EMS); Kelly Tyror (Plymouth University, EMS ); Aldo Valiente, Josie Payne and Melissa Penny (Sheffield Hallam University, EMS); and Owen Farr and Martin Holden-White (Oxford Brookes University, EMS). Many of the student participants attend universities that participate in the Institute’s Education Membership Scheme (EMS) – always a sign of educational excellence, we like to think!
According to judge Isabell Hodgson, the ‘finalists were amazing and a real credit to their tutors and universities’. The decision was tough but this year’s two winners are Lauren Joseph from UCB and Martin Holden-White from Oxford Broookes.
Among their prizes the two winners receive a year’s membership of the industry’s professional body, the Institute of Hospitality; attendance at the fantastic Catey Awards; and all finalists will be invited to the glittering Springboard Awards later in the year!
Well-done to all the participants and many thanks to Tim West FIH, Chairman of Lexington Catering for their generous support, along with the support of Springboard UK and the eight judges, who were very generous with their time.
Look out for details of the 2015 competition in September and promote participation in Young Guns 2015 to your students.