Lewis Triumphs at the Waiting Game
A young Scots waiter has won a prestigious UK-wide
'Waiter of the Year' award
Lewis Hunter from Kinross, who works at the world famous
Gleneagles Hotel, received the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts
(RACA) Young Waiter of the Year award at a celebratory dinner in
London in July.
Lewis, 23, was one of the first beneficiaries of the Scottish
Hospitality Apprenticeship scheme, an industry-led initiative
launched in 2014. The programme provides truly world class
on-the-job training across all aspects of the modern luxury hotel
industry. Lasting three years, it offers a route to gaining
qualifications alongside practical experience in some of Scotland's
To win the award, Lewis was required to decant and describe wine
to the judging panel, as well as set up and serve a three-course
meal with wines and liqueurs to a table of two guest judges.
Lewis said: 'When it was announced that I had won UK Young
Waiter of the Year, at first I was shocked and then elated! Serving
the judges at both the semi-finals and final was extremely nerve
wracking but I drew on the skills that I have learned over my four
years working at Gleneagles to help me achieve something that I
have wanted to since I began my career in hospitality.
"I don't think I would have been able to succeed if I wasn't a
part of the Scottish Apprenticeship in Hospitality as this has
given me the opportunity to gain skills and have experiences that I
otherwise wouldn't have had.
"I am delighted to win this award and was extremely proud to
represent Gleneagles and the Scottish Apprenticeship in Hospitality
throughout the competition and at the awards dinner in London."
Lawrence Durden, Tourism Industry Manager at Skills Development
Scotland said: "This is a fantastic accolade for Lewis and a
massive endorsement of the Scottish Hospitality Apprenticeship
scheme. In today's competitive tourism market, having people
with the high level hospitality skills to complement Scotland's
attractions is vital. Recognition such as this award shows
that our collaborative approach with industry is delivering an
enhanced learning experience and highly professional staff."
Hosting the event, John Williams, chairman of the RACA said: "I
hope that through the Annual Awards of Excellence we can motivate
and inspire the industry's young chefs, pastry chefs and waiters to
undertake a career of training first themselves, and then others;
and to look outside the workplace to wider industry and
The apprenticeship scheme is supported by Skills Development
Scotland through its Modern Apprenticeship programme and by
training partners Training Matters, MGT Training and Hospitality
Industry Trust Scotland.
Source - Skills Development Scotland