Applications open for 2017 Hostplus Hospitality Scholarship

Offering a career-changing opportunity to work across the globe

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Applications for the nationwide Hostplus Hospitality Scholarship supported by Melbourne Food and Wine Festival open from Friday 31 March, offering one of the industry’s rising stars a career-changing opportunity to work across the globe.

The winner will be flown to three different countries to work in three internationally acclaimed hospitality businesses, plus flights, accommodation and spending money, followed by a one-year mentorship facilitated by MFWF and the organisation’s extensive global network.

Since its inception in 2014, the Hostplus Hospitality Scholarship has welcomed a breadth of applicants from across the industry – baristas, bartenders, chefs, maître d's, winemakers, producers, restaurateurs and everything in between.



The Scholarship is a unique opportunity for the winner to further their career in their chosen field and develop life-long connections across the world.

Last year’s scholarship winner, Elika Rowell, Head Roaster at Square One Coffee Roasters, will be travelling to coffee farm, café and lab, Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza (FAF) in Brazil, taking a tour of the Programa de Educación a Caficultores (PECA) organisation run by Caravela Coffee in Colombia, and attending the Re:CO specialty coffee symposium in Seattle in April 2017.

“This experience will give me a greater understanding of the different aspects of sustainability within the coffee industry, which I cannot see from where I currently stand,” Rowell said.

“I think to call yourself a professional in any industry, you must continuously strive for knowledge, and I will now have the opportunity to express to people just how important sustainability is, in all of these different facets.”



The judging panel will comprise four judges with over ten decades of knowledge and industry experience between them.

Gail Donovan, owner of Donovan’s Restaurant, Matteo Pignatelli of Matteo's Restaurant, Rafael Rashid, the forefather of the Melbourne food truck scene and Jo-Ann Moody, Gastronomy Manager of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival will be returning the panel alongside Umberto Mecchi, Group Executive, Strategy, Marketing and Client Services at Hostplus.

“As the national superannuation fund for the hospitality, tourism, recreation and sport industries in Australia, Hostplus is proud to support this important scholarship and further promote hospitality as an exciting and rewarding career option,” Umberto Mecchi said.



Online applications for the Scholarship open 31 March 2017 and close 5pm AEST on 17 May 2017.

The Scholarship is open to Australian residents aged 22 – 35 and currently working in hospitality in any area - from the cellar, the kitchen, the paddock, to front of house.

for more information or to apply online at

The 2017 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival presented by Bank of Melbourne (31 March – 9 April) is Australia’s internationally acclaimed celebration of food wine. Now in its 25th year, MFWF welcomes a host of over 280 events across Victoria. Tickets available at


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