Grand job for high-flying ‘Young Gun’

Alex Wilson is working at The Grand and has won an award
Alex Wilson is working at The Grand and has won an award

A high-flying hospitality student who won the national Young Guns competition has secured a job as a management trainee with Elite Hotels, which owns the five-star Grand in Eastbourne.

Gifted Alex Wilson, 22, who gained a degree in International Hospitality Management at the University of Surrey, beat ten other shortlisted candidates from around the UK to be named Hospitality Student of the Year. As a result of this accolade he was then awarded a place in the Hospitality Guild’s annual Young Hall of Fame.

Alex was jointly nominated for the Young Guns award, which recognises hard work and excellence, by his university lecturer. He had to produce a video detailing why he should win and undertake an intensive interview session with the judges. The competition is run by the London-based Lexington Catering company in partnership with the Springboard Charity that inspires young people to follow careers in the tourism, hospitality and catering industry.

He then went on to receive the Young Hall of Fame accolade, one of 11 young professionals to gain a place in the hotel services category.

Alex graduated from university this summer and has now embarked on the two-year management training course with Elite Hotels.

Alex is currently working in the kitchen at Eastbourne’s Grand Hotel and during his training will work in all the different departments at the Grand and its three sister hotels.

From an early age he set his heart on a career in the tourism and hospitality industry and in 2008 embarked on his studies in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Surrey University.

Alex said, “It has been a very exciting year and I am very proud of winning the Young Guns award and to then go on and be named in the Young Hall of Fame was fantastic.”

He said he was delighted to be working at the Grand Hotel.