1. MAH Perak Chapter Chairperson Maggie Ong (in red) gives the event a thumbs up

1. MAH Perak Chapter Chairperson Maggie Ong (in red) gives the event a thumbs up

Attracting foreign participants from as far away as Sri Lanka, Japan and Brunei, the 4th IPOH International Waiters Race 2016 also welcomed a large group of hospitality students from Medan, Indonesia.

2. at the starting line

2. at the starting line

Held for the second consecutive year at the Lost World of Tambun, this event which is organised for the fourth year in succession by The Malaysian Association of Hotels (Perak Chapter), the IPOH International Waiters Race has already been included in the state’s Calendar of Events.

3. obligatory group shot

3. obligatory group shot

Compared to previous years, this fourth edition is an extended version to allow participants, particularly those who are from outside of Perak, the opportunity to see more of the state, such as premier destinations like Pangkor and Royal Belum. Of course, Ipoh’s attractions were introduced to them as well, including the iconic Ipoh Railway Station, famed limestone caves and Ipoh Old Town.

4. study group from a hospitality school in Medan, Indonesia

4. study group from a hospitality school in Medan, Indonesia

The first day of competition began on Saturday, 14th May with side events of ice carving, fruit carving and Master Chef contests. The long day ended with a welcome dinner and prize presentation to winners of the three side events plus appreciation to judges and sponsors.

5. participants from Brunei

5. participants from Brunei

The day began early on Sunday for the start of the race. Engaging waiters and waitresses in a fast walking race carrying a serving tray with a bottle of water and two glassful of water, the race aims to help participants to be quick and effective while delivering services to customers.

6. participants are ready

6. participants are ready

As participants raced along the 1.2 kilometre course at the Lost World of Tambun, they were being tested for speed, agility and balance.

7. dancers at the welcome dinner of the 4th IPOH International Waiters Race 2016

7. dancers at the welcome dinner of the 4th IPOH International Waiters Race 2016

The event attracted a total of 387 entrants for both the race and side events, including 85 foreign participants, notably ten from Thailand and 34 from Indonesia (Medan). The other 63 from Medan came to support their coursemates. As for entries from Malaysians, this year recorded attendance from more states such as the East Coast states and Sarawak.

8. a scrumptious buffet spread for dinner

8. a scrumptious buffet spread for dinner

One could safely say that the organisers pulled off a successful race yet again and it created a huge impact as a run up to Visit Perak Year 2017.

9. winners of the ice carving side event

9. winners of the ice carving side event

Here are the results for the race:

Classic Tray (Male)
1st Prize (RM2000) – Faihal Afikin Bin Kamarudin, Grand Kampar
2nd Prize (RM1000) – Mohd Hanafi Bin Ghali, Belum Rainforest Resort
3rd Prize (RM700) – Saravanan S/O Thankveloo, Weil Hotel Ipoh

Classic Tray (Female)
1st Prize (RM2000) – Erna Kashmini Binti Jamali, Pullman Kuching Sarawak
2nd Prize (RM1000) – Lingeswari A/P Elavarason, Lost World of Tambun
3rd Prize (RM700) – Ponmalar A/P Vijian, Marina Island Pangkor Resort & Hotel

10. winners of the fruit carving side event

10. winners of the fruit carving side event

Sportive Tray (Male)
1st Prize (RM1500) – Lye Guan Chian, Kolej Tunku Abdul Rahman
2nd Prize (RM1000) – Ye Myat Aung, Healy Mac’s Irish Bar & Restaurant
3rd Prize (RM500) – Haridass A/L Jayabalan, Royal Ipoh Club

Sportive Tray (Female)
1st Prize (RM1500) – Thorn Sreymao, Healy Mac’s Irish Bar & Restaurant
2nd Prize (RM1000) – Lee Zhi Nian, Reliance College KL
3rd Prize (RM500) – Wong Jia Yu, Kolej Tunku Abdul Rahman

11. winners of the Master Chef competition

11. winners of the Master Chef competition

Event: 4th IPOH International Waiters Race 2016
Venue: Lost World of Tambun, Ipoh
Date: 14th & 15th May, 2016
Time: 9am – 8pm (Sat) & 7.30am – 2pm (Sun)

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