Hospitality industry leaders will roll up their sleeves and test their service skills one more time this spring when Back to the Floor returns.
Back to the Floor 3, in aid of charity Hospitality Action, will see industry heavyweights waiting on 500 guests at a gala dinner at London's Grosvenor House hotel. They will include: Philip Newman-Hall, former managing director of Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons; Stuart Bowery, general manager of Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel; Danny Pecorelli, managing director of Exclusive Hotels & Venues; and Jonathan Raggett, managing director of Red Carnation Hotels.
Over 60 industry stars have agreed to take part and will serve a three-course meal alongside wines supplied by Hatch Mansfield and Champagne donated by Lanson.
The ‘waiters' for the evening will include: Zoe Jenkins of Coworth Park, Sue Williams of Whatley Manor, Harry Murray of Lucknam Park, Julia Sibley of the Savoy Educational Trust and Kate Levin of the Capital Hotel.
‘Sommeliers' will include 'Hotelier of the Year' Craig Bancroft of Northcote Leisure Group and Giovanna Grossi of AA Hotel Services. Peter Hancock of Pride of Britain Hotels will act as compere for the evening.
Attendees will also have the chance to network with a whole host of recognisable industry faces and to bid on some exclusive prizes in the charity auction including:
- A two-night weekend stay in a Deluxe King room for two guests including full English breakfast at the Dorchester in London and a three-course dinner in the Gril, inclusive of the sommelier's choice of wine pairings.
- A four-course lunch with matching wines for four people at the Vineyard in Stockcross, Berkshire, and a private cellar tour with the Vineyard sommelier.
- A day at Great Fosters in Egham, Surrey, for six including coffee on arrival, a ‘meet the bees' experience with the Great Fosters Beekeeper, followed by lunch in the Tudor Room with accompanying wines.
Individual tickets are £150 each or £1,350 for a table of 10. Special room rates for the evening are available at Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel.
Hospitality Action is currently celebrating its 180th anniversary year.
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