Waiters and front-of-house professionals will be dashing through Hyde Park in London and other locations across the UK on 20 October as part of a celebration of front of house hospitality roles.
As well as the flagship event in Hyde Park, led by the Springboard Charity and sponsored by catering suppliers Bunzl, races are being planned across the UK, with Wivenhoe House hotel in Colchester and the Grand hotel at Eastbourne hosting their own races. Visitors to Hyde Park will be able to take part in a range of activities showcasing hospitality skills and employers.
National Waiters Day is part of the Front of House Festival from the 17-21 October, designed to promote front-of-house roles and highlight the career progression routes that hospitality offers.
The Springboard Charity helps young people achieve their potential and supports people into employment within the UK hospitality, leisure and tourism industry. Entry to the race costs a £10 registration fee, and funds raised will help Springboard's Food & Beverage (FAB) programme in schools, designed to encourage students to explore and consider front of house careers.
Fred Sirieix, the general manager at Galvin at Windows who came up with the idea of National Waiters Day, said: "I am very proud and excited to lead the celebrations for National Waiters Day again - it's a truly wonderful day to celebrate the ocean of career opportunities within the hospitality industry, as well as the hard work of all front of house professionals. 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."
Anne Pierce, Springboard's CEO, said: "The Front of House Festival has been devised to increase awareness of the range of roles available in front of house. It's the ideal opportunity for jobseekers and businesses alike."
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