Our winner for 2019 has been crowned - congratulations to Julie Davaine!
A young front-of-house professional with a vision to make her industry more attractive to those with families won the 2019 Hostplus Hospitality Scholarship. Julie Davaine, general manager of four venues in the Merivale group, took to the stage to accept the award from MC Jill Dupleix in front of a crowd of 110 hospitality luminaries.
From a strong field, Davaine was the standout. Growing up in Paris she developed a passion for hospitality when she was working at a brasserie while studying theatre and arts. Determined to push herself outside her comfort zone, she moved to Sydney with just a suitcase and a few words of English. Ten years after joining the Merivale group as a food runner at Sushi E, Davaine is now general manager of The Paddington precinct, overseeing four celebrated hospitality venues (Fred’s, Charlie Parker’s, The Paddington and The Chicken Shop) and more than 150 employees.
This year’s runners-up for the Hostplus prize were Laura Dyba, restaurant manager at The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery, just outside Hobart, and Saba Alemayoh, owner/manager at Saba’s Ethiopian Restaurant in inner-city Melbourne.
About the Hostplus Hospitality Scholarship
The prestigious Hostplus Hospitality 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.
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.
In addition, the three finalists will join international and local hospitality stars at the 2020 Melbourne Food & Wine Festival.
The annual scholarship program is facilitated by the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival through its extensive global network.
The winner’s international work experience includes flights, accommodation and spending money.