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Waiters’ Day serves up a treat

National Waiters’ Day

The 2017 National Waiters’ Day campaign on 16th May was one of the most successful yet. The fifth year of the campaign saw 300 waiters race in Hyde Park, as well as multiple locations across the UK. On Twitter, the hash tag #NWD2017 trended in the UK top 10 as hospitality and front of house professionals showcased their support.

In the flagship event in Hyde Park, where founder Fred Sirieix led the celebrations, over 30 employers were in attendance. Each of them offered a stand and great opportunities for careers in front of house. Following this, the race was tremendously successful. Results of the race can be found here: https://nationalwaitersday.com/

Across the UK, races and activities took place. QHotels hosted their very own treasure hunt for their front of house team, while the Norwich race (organised by The Library Restaurant) was one of the biggest outside of London.

Emma Beckett, QHotels, said: “QHotels have participated previously with Springboard’s National Waiters’ Day and 2017 was no exception! We launched a treasure hunt for all of our hotel food and beverage teams to participate in - armed only with some eye catching pirate attire and a list of riddles to solve. The idea of the hunt was not only to promote National Waiters’ Day on Springboard’s behalf, but also to promote employee engagement within our hotels. As an employer, we feel that National Waiters’ Day gives us a great platform to appreciate our hard working food and beverage teams and promote hospitality as an industry of choice.”

Michelle Brown, Headland Hotel, commented: “The Headland was excited to participate for the first time in Springboard’s National Waiter’s Day. Knowing how competitive our team are we thought it would be fun to engage in some challenging activities with, or rather against Rick Steins Fistral Beach. The relay tray race and the order memory challenge were just two of the activities that provided great fun for all that joined in. We will definitely be doing it again next year, and bigger and better - we hope to engage with local colleges too.”

CareerScope in Scotland: Mintlaw Academy / Dual Event

Springboard, Mintlaw Academy and DYW were delighted with the recent careers event at the academy. Over two days 178 pupils took part in skills demos and developed their cooking techniques – such as vegetable preparation and food decorating. Fourteen teachers were involved, along with 7 chefs. The pupils were given a presentation by Graeme Strachan (Springboard), who spoke about Springboard’s FutureChef. As a result industry visits and mentoring opportunities are being planned for the students.

A ‘dual event’ took place at Invergordon Academy. Twenty guests attended a community lunch with students from Invergordon, Tain and Alness Academies. Some students were in the kitchen with Craig Rowland, the executive chef from the Carnegie Club at Skibo Castle, who was also joined by Steven Smith from Skibo. This was a FutureChef event with the students preparing the lunch for service. It was very ‘hands on’ and they had a great experience.

In ‘Café 102’ at the school, students did an event for National Waiters’ Day - this was supported by Maceij Splawaski and Enriko Naguit from the Palace Hotel in Inverness. Prior to service the students were given some barista training and they went through table setting and napkin folding. Thereafter they served the lunch to guests.