A waiter who has been crowned the best apprentice waiter in France has returned to work in an award-winning Lavenham restaurant.
Julien Gauganion, 20, came to The Great House hotel and restaurant for six months in 2012 to train under chef and proprietor Regis Crepy.
After going back to France to continue his studies in silver service, Mr Gauganion was entered into the world-renowned National Society of Meilleur Ouvrier de France.
The society awards those who are at the top of their chosen profession and Mr Gauganion was entered in a competition to find the best young apprentices.
Having been chosen by his professor as the best waiter in his class, he won successive local and regional competitions before becoming a gold medal winner at the national finals.
The fine-dining expert has now returned to The Great House to continue his training and hopes to become a master sommelier.
“For the moment, I want to stay in England and work and learn under Mr Crepy,” said Mr Gauganion.
“I am young and I want to travel the world to learn more about the service.”
Mr Crepy said that the prestigious award was a door-opener for Mr Gauganion, and would enable him to work in any restaurant in the world.