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The Grand’s National Waiter’s Day proves a rousing success

National Waiter’s Day 2016
It was ready, steady, go yesterday (Thursday 20 October) at The Grand Hotel in Eastbourne as it celebrated National Waiter’s Day by hosting a race between Eastbourne’s top hotels on the seafront Western Lawns, Eastbourne.
National Waiter’s Day is organised by the Springboard Charity as part of its Front of House Festival, through which hospitality front of house roles are celebrated nationally. The day aims to help change perceptions of front of house hospitality jobs and highlight the incredible hard work and dedication of staff.

The Grand, which earlier this year was named one of the 30 Top Places to Work in Hospitality in the UK, is passionate about celebrating its staff and the race provided the perfect opportunity for the restaurant team to show off their skills.

The team from The Grand were competing against fellow Eastbourne hotels The Lansdowne, The View and The Langham Hotel as well as a team of hospitality students from Sussex Downs College.

The fun event was designed to test the waiters’ speed, agility and balance as the teams were given a tray of water-filled Champagne flutes and challenged to a relay-style race, with the aim of finishing as fast as possible with the least amount of drink spilt. While The Grand’s team crossed the line first, their exuberant celebrations resulted in the tray of drinks being spilt, and so The Lansdowne took the first place prize of a bottle of Champagne.

Each team donated a £20 entrance fee which will go to the Springboard Charity, supporting its work helping young people and adults achieve their potential within the UK hospitality, leisure and tourism industry.

Commenting after the event, Sarah Hoyle, Personnel & Development Manager at The Grand said: “We are delighted with the turnout for today’s event and it was an absolute pleasure to come together with our neighbouring hotels for some fun and frivolity and to celebrate our front of house stars. We believe it is of the utmost importance to celebrate every role that helps to make The Grand such a well-renowned five-star hotel and our waiters work tirelessly to uphold that reputation.”

The team from The Grand consisted of Paul Cissowski, Mirabelle head waiter, Tiago Constancio assistant F&B manager, Marcin Borowski C&B supervisor and Fayez Mbarek lounge waiter.

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