Balancing a tray and a bottle, competitors in the first ever East of England National Waiters’ Day Race raced across the grounds at Wivenhoe House hotel.
This is the first time this annual event, founded by restauranteur and First Dates presenter Fred Siriex, has been held outside the capital. As well as having fun, the aim is to raise the profile of the hospitality industry and promote The Springboard charity which helps young people and the unemployed find work in the hospitality, leisure and tourism industry.
Students from the Edge Hotel School and Colchester Institute were determined to scoop the prizes, which included magnums of champagne, donated by The Wine Company, and a selection of other goodies.
Wivenhoe House’s general manager Oliver Brown said: “It’s been a fantastic event, everyone was delighted to be involved and we know it will grow and grow. Thanks to everyone who has helped make the inaugural event such a success.”
Steve Frei, Hospitality Lecturer at Colchester Institute, was delighted to bring along a team not only to take part but to tour the Edge Hotel School on site: “The National Waiters’ Day Race is a brilliant opportunity for our students to get together with people in the hospitality industry and we’ll be back next year.”
Simon Gotelee from The Wine Company, cheered on from the sidelines. “We have an increasingly close relationship with Wivenhoe House and the Edge Hotel School and visit to train the students every month. It is essential for businesses like ours to be involved in the education of the future stars of the industry.”
The Head of Ambassadors at Springboard Charity Steve Jarvis made his own dash to Wivenhoe House for the race before heading to Hyde Park for the London event: “The National Waiters’ Day Race is one of the highlights of our Festival of Front of House. It’s brilliant to see Wivenhoe House and the Edge Hotel School embracing this event with such enthusiasm.”
The hospitality and tourism sector employs 55,000 people in Essex and is worth nearly £3 billion a year. Nationally the industry directly employs 2.9 million people, and has created over 330,000 jobs since 2010.
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