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Delaware North - National Waiters' Day

National Waiters Day 16th May 2017

Jonathan Choi Justyna Czenczek and Karolina Soja

“There has never been a more exciting time to both join and succeed in this very special industry. If you can dream it, you can do it.” - Fred Sirieix, General Manager, Galvin at Windows, Founder of National Waiters’ Day

A team from Head Office and Heathrow participated in the annual National Waiters Day race in Hyde Park. Jonathan Choi, Justyna Czenczek and Karolina Soja did Delaware North proud as they were cheered on by the Delaware North Cheerleader….Ellie Vincent!

National Waiters’ Day saw waiters and front of house professionals celebrated through a series of races nationwide. As well as the flagship waiters’ race in London’s Hyde Park, races were also held in Manchester, Colchester and Eastbourne. Over 400 waiters got involved with the races throughout the UK. National Waiters’ Day aims to inspire young people and jobseekers to choose front of house hospitality roles as their first choice career option.

Students visiting London’s Hyde Park took part in a range of activities which showcased hospitality employers and the skills needed to succeed in front of house roles. Hospitality businesses also opened their doors with careers talks, taster days and social media campaigns as part of National Waiters’ Day.

Delaware North - INSPIRE


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6,000 hours of work experience given to the future generation of our industry across our sites and from different routes including Deanfield and The Pringle Schools, Bromley, Uxbridge, Epping Forest and Edinburgh Colleges and Sheffield Hallam, Brunel and Loughborough Universities.

The Wembley Team have also engaged with 160 students this year from different educational establishments inviting them in for taster days.

Delaware North - FutureChef

The Springboard’s FutureChef Programme

Springboard’s FutureChef was developed in 1999 as a result of research findings into young people’s perceptions of the industry. It revealed that young people regarded chefs such as Brian Turner, Gary Rhodes and James Martin almost as highly as pop or television stars - surprisingly, however, few genuinely considered a career as a chef! Since its inception, Springboard’s FutureChef has evolved from a four stage Competition into a year-long Programme where industry and education can work together at a local level on a regular basis. Through both the Programme and the Competition the initiative addresses:

• Perceptions of the industry by introducing young people to cooking
• Development of skills – cooking, team work, ingredients, healthy eating
• Positive work experience and tasters in the industry
• Comprehensive advice on career options and entry routes available – to support informed decision making


The Competition – Judging

Andi Redwood, Neil Hardy and Steve Fletcher at Derby Football Club have all been judging in local heats in 2017. Each local heat has 8 to 10 students competing by making 2 courses (main and dessert) for 2 people with a budget of £7 in 90 minutes. The industry chefs mark the students according to judging criteria which requires the students to demonstrate practical skills, to produce a selection of dishes, to work in a methodical manner, to create a menu costing form and to show awareness of nutritional balance. The student winner is matched to an industry chef mentor to prepare and practice cooking skills for the Regional final.



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Courtney McDowell came for her 2nd Prize at Wembley Stadium and did her work experience with Mark Reynolds and enjoyed the concert with her family following this.