A future in the hospitality industry is brighter for six San Diego students who received scholarships from the San Diego Chapter of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs to assist with their continuing education. The awards were made at the Wine Spectator’s Celebrity Chef Luncheon which concluded the Ninth Annual San Diego Wine and Food Festival. All together, the Chaîne scholarships totaled $15,000, with $11,000 immediately allocated. Three Chaîne officers presented the checks—Harold Small, the Chaîne’s Executive Vice President for the United States, local chapter president Bailli Ken Loyst, and immediate past president of the San Diego Chapter Steve Pagano. Funds are raised annually at the Festival.
Students who received stipends only from the Chaîne are Stephanie Gosselin, Rebecca Romero, and Magdarline Winblad. Gosselin, 25, the Catering Coordinator of La Jolla Shores Hotel, is pursuing certification in The Business of Wine at San Diego State University. She has passed the Court of Master Sommeliers Introductory test and is working towards becoming a Certified Sommelier.
A sophomore at San Diego State University, Romero, 19, is studying Hospitality and Tourism Management. She also works as Guest Service Agent, Front Desk, at the Courtyard Marriott in Mission Valley.
Winblad, 40, previously worked in the health care industry. A freshman at San Diego Mesa College, she has her sights set on an Associate Degree with certification in culinary arts. She is currently a prep cook at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, but her ambition is to open a Caribbean restaurant in San Diego and “eventually, around the world.”
The San Diego Chaîne also provided scholarships to three aspiring hospitality students who, in addition, received funds from the San Diego Chapter of the American Institute of Food and Wine—Michael Bolmey, Lindsay Pomeroy, and Adam Godlove. Bolmey, 37, a master’s degree student at San Diego State University, is working towards his MS in Hospitality and Tourism Management. He already holds a BA in public administration. He is a bar manager/hotel supervisor for the Lafayette Hotel.
Pomeroy, 35, has a BA from Lafayette College and is enrolled at the Peter Neptune School of Wine. She is a certified “Wine Educator,” and her goal is obtaining her “Master of Wine Certification.” Her first job in San Diego was as a wine broker. She now has her own company, The Wine Smarties.
A graduate of California Culinary Academy/Le Cordon Bleu in San Francisco, Godlove, 31, is Food Service Director and Chef at SAIC in San Diego. He has been a chef in Australia, Massachusetts, and California and on harbor cruises in San Diego. He is continuing his culinary education at the Art Institute of California, San Diego.
The Chaîne des Rôtisseurs has 22,000 members worldwide in more than 70 countries, and 130 chapters and 6,000 members throughout the United States. Important programs of the Chaîne are annual Young Sommelier and Young Chef competitions, held both nationally and internationally, to encourage and help the development of aspiring young chefs and sommeliers. The Chaîne USA Foundation also awards annual scholarships to promising culinary students. Additional information about the U. S. Chaîne des Rotisseurs is available at www.chaineus.org, and about the international organization at its website, www.chainedesrotisseurs.com.