The prestigious Scholarship offers the next generation of Australian hospitality workers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work across the world in three internationally acclaimed hospitality businesses.
The Scholarship prize will be facilitated by Melbourne Food and Wine Festival through its extensive global network and the winner's international work experience will be specially tailored to their career interests - from the paddock, the cellar, the kitchen, front-of-house and everywhere in between.
Upon their return to Australia, the Scholarship winner will be partnered with a local industry leader for a year-long mentorship to expand their industry experience and connections in their chosen field.
This year, three shortlisted finalists will also be invited to participate in an exclusive development day with Hostplus ambassador and acclaimed Melbourne chef, Shane Delia. In addition, the three finalists will join international and local hospitality stars at the 2019 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.
The winner’s international work experience includes flights, accommodation and spending money.
Umberto Mecchi, Jo-Ann Moody, Rafael Rashid, Gail Donovan, Matteo Pignatelli and Fleur Studd
Mark Bashinksy, the first winner of the Scholarship
Shane Delia runs Maha and Biggie Smalls