National Waiter's Day: June 23, 2013

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Waiting (or waitressing) has a dreadful reputation in the UK. The belief is that it is  a job for the unskilled, with long hours, a lot of verbal abuse and criminally low pay.

No wonder the hospitality industry struggles to attract young British people into front of house service.

We really need to change the image to show that it can be fun, that it is a skilled profession and that it can lead to a proper career progression with decent rewards.

So, let's start right now.

I propose we launch a day of celebration - National Waiter's Day to showcase and share our vision for the future and tell the UK public about all the wonderful opportunities in the hospitality industry.

Let's do the first one on June 23, when it's spring; the season of new beginnings and fresh starts.

I see this day as a celebration of the excellence, dedication, hard work and discipline of all 2.5 million working in the Hospitality Industry in the UK.

This special day will allow us to reach out like never before and demonstrate the values of our profession and the contribution we make to the national economy.  Better still, it will also be a good opportunity for an official day of partying and fun.

Here are a few examples of activities that I would like to see happen on that day:

  • Open doors in participating restaurants, bars, hotels so that school children, undergraduates, job seekers etc... can visit and be given talks by the managers, chefs or owners

  • Open doors in all Catering Colleges to allow students to visit and learn about the courses on offer

  • A series of public seminars about the wider opportunities of the profession

  • National stunt where major celebrities agree to work for a day in a restaurant, bar, hotel of their choice

  • Co-ordinated media campaign: TV interviews in news and special programs, radio interviews about the Hospitality Industry and its many opportunities...

  • Interviews with famous people who were, at one point in their lives, waiters or waitresses

  • All major food, wines journalists critics, restaurants, bars and hotels guides as well as bloggers to (unite) and contribute a piece each in their own publication to promote the profession and encourage young people to join our ranks

  • #NationalWaitersDay to trend on Twitter for a day-led by all major food, wines journalists critics and bloggers in the UK

  • Taxis and buses to carry the flag of National Waiter's Day-23rd June

  • The official website launched and sponsored by {place name here} and {here} and {here} will be the hub of all activities and the place to create and share the connections made
These are only a few ideas which need developing and refining. The whole thing definitely needs more meat on the bone but the gist of it is there.

So what do you say? Are you up for it?

National Waiter's Day-23rd June-It's up to you (US).



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What about open to food service management companies where fine dining and hospitality services are provided. This might present some challenges with marketing of client locations externally but, outside of that minor hurdle I am sure clients would love to have their catering teams represented and hopefully add additional kudos to their service delivery.

This sounds like a great idea, let us hope many restaurants and members of the hospitality industry sign up for it.

This is an excellent initiatives and I am sure this will get a lot of support from the trade.

I think this is an excellent idea and one that I will be happy to help publicise.

A great idea and one that I will certainly help and support.

I believe that we as servers do deserve some type of recognition. It's very true that our profession is seen as a job for the unskilled, not just in the UK but worldwide. What a lot of people don't understand is what it takes for the execution of a great dining experience, there is a lot of moving parts which takes a lot of skill to pull it all off smoothly. I want to thank you for taking this initiative to spread awareness to the public so they can see that we do indeed work hard, and are human beings just like everyone else.

Fantastic idea and a great way to create support for the industry...please let me know if I can help or assist in any way.

It has taken too long for a visionary to come up with some way of promoting front of house as a skilled profession. We british have to realise the expertise and art of being a waiter. We must encourage our future caterers to be as proud of a FoH career as the continental Maitre d'hotels leading the way. Please let me know how to get involved.

I've tried to organise a waiter's race in Penzance for the last 3 years with limited success so I believe this is a fantastic idea. The more help and publicity the better. I'm up for it and willing to help if someone takes this task on.

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