Local Hotel joins National Waiter’s Race

A team from Aztec Hotel & Spa travelled to London yesterday to compete in a waiter’s race against hotels, restaurants and bars across the country.

The fun event, to celebrate National Waiter’s Day, was organised by Fred Sirieix, Maître d’ best known for appearing on Channel 4’s First Dates.

It was no ordinary race – competitors completed a short dash whilst carrying trays with a bottle of water, with prizes for the fastest waiter, waitress and team, as well as the best dressed. The day also included front of house based challenges such as ‘fastest person to open a bottle of wine and pour five glasses’, and ‘fastest person to mix five cocktails’.

Aztec Hotel & Spa has around 50 people working in front of house roles – ranging from food and drink team members to receptionists – and General Manager Gareth Ireland wanted to use National Waiters’ Day to say thank you to them all.

He said: “We are very lucky to have amazing people working in our front of house teams – they are the face of our hotel, meetings hundreds of people every day and they go out of their way to provide warm hospitality. It’s not always an easy role as you never know what the day can bring but we know from guest feedback that their service is appreciated – and delivered with a smile.

“National Waiters’ Day was a great opportunity to appreciate the role our front of house teams play in the success of our hotel and spa. We chose six to represent us at the national event but locally we will be throwing a celebration in their honour, turning the tables and waiting on them while they enjoy some great food and drink. It’s important to us that our staff know we value the work they do.”

The six people from Aztec who ventured to Hyde Park for the national celebration were Rosie Wake, George Morgan, Rhys Withenshaw, Liz Sear, Emily Tucker and Gabor Jeges.

Although the team didn’t win they had a great day. George Morgan, Food and Beverage Assistant at Aztec Hotel & Spa, said: “The Waiters’ Day race in Hyde Park was a fantastic experience, I really enjoyed it. It was a really nice feeling to be appreciated by the hotel and to be sent on a day trip to London.  It was also a great opportunity to meet other people from different areas of the industry and see so many people appreciate the work that we, as front of house team members, do day in day out.”

Hospitality is a critical part of the UK economy, creating over 4.49 million jobs in more than 180,000 businesses of varying size and scale.

National Waiters’ Day aims to change the perception of front of house and service roles as an unskilled job with long working hours to one that offers great skills. Front of house careers can lead to rewarding careers with great progression routes and amazing rewards on offer.

Jordan Gamlin, Food and Beverage Assistant, explained which he loves his job at Aztec Hotel & Spa: “Working front of house on the bar is incredibly engaging. Surprisingly, every day is different and we are able to meet so many different people from all walks of life.”

Jeanette Tuitte, who is also a Food and Beverage Assistant at Aztec, added: “It truly is like working alongside your family. You build a bond together that is so unique when you work within the hospitality industry. It’s one of a kind!”

Aztec Hotel & Spa is part of Thwaites, which has over 300 pubs, inns, hotels, lodges and spas around the country. It is currently AA Hotel Group of the Year after winning the coveted award in September 2016.

Photo shows Esther Green, Emily Tucker and Liz Sear, who are all from Aztec Hotel & Spa, with Fred Sirieix from Channel 4’s First Dates.

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