Ipoh International Waiters Race

newly-appointed State Executive Councillor for Health, Tourism & Culture, Puan Nolee Ashilin Dato' Mohammed Radzi (in blue), flags off the race

The first ever waiters’ race to be held in Perak was an interesting event looked forward to, not only by people in the hospitality industry, but also the general public.

Ipoh International Waiters Race

and off they go

Ipoh International Waiters Race

still going strong under the hot sun

This international event attracted the participation of those from outside of Perak; and overseas, including countries like Indonesia, China and Japan.

Ipoh International Waiters Race

supporters cheering for their favourite contestants

Ipoh International Waiters Race

group photo of one of the school brass bands

Ipoh’s first international waiters’ race, held in conjunction with the city’s 25th anniversary city day, was organised by the Perak Tourism Association (PTA) and Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) Perak Chapter.

Ipoh International Waiters Race

mural painting competition

Ipoh International Waiters Race

one of the ways to set up a table for formal dining

Opened to everyone, there were three categories: Classic Tray, Sportive Tray and Fun Tray. Participants had to brisk walk while holding a tray on one hand, with a bottle of mineral water and two water-filled goblets.

Ipoh International Waiters Race

a swan couple on display at the booth of Guangxi Wharton International Hotel

Ipoh International Waiters Race

Healy Mac’s manager Jerry Galvin seems pleased with the entries to the mocktail competition

There were many rules to be adhered to, or one could easily get disqualified. Most importantly, they must try their best not to spill water, as that would cost a time penalty.

Ipoh International Waiters Race

ice carving demonstration

Ipoh International Waiters Race

another piece of ice sculpture in progress

The Waiters’ Race has a long tradition. Originated in France, it was first created to improve the recognition of the waiter profession in Paris. Today, the waiters’ race has been organised in more than 50 countries, including Malaysia.

Ipoh International Waiters Race

a chef poses with a completed gold fish ice sculpture

Ipoh International Waiters Race

Impiana Hotel Ipoh’s Faiz Husaini concentrates on his fruit carving. He won 7th place in the competition.

During the hospitality extravaganza, other supporting activities included school brass band performance, flower arrangement, ice carving demonstration, table setting demonstration, mocktail competition and fruit carving competition. Supporting hotels also set up booths for food promotion.

Ipoh International Waiters Race

6th place from Kinta Riverfront Hotel, Ipoh

Ipoh International Waiters Race

joint 4th & 5th place from Symphony Suites, Ipoh

Activities organised especially for school children were explore race and mural painting competition. These involved some two hundred students from Ipoh.

Ipoh International Waiters Race

3rd place from a hotel in Johor

Ipoh International Waiters Race

2nd place from Orient Star Lumut

Check out my photos to see some of the activities that transpired during Ipoh International Waiters’ Race. Let’s hope this is an annual event. Am looking forward to the next one already.

Ipoh International Waiters Race

1st place in the fruit carving competition: Zuo Ming, Head Chef (Chinese Cooking) of Guangxi Wharton International Hotel, Nanning City, China

Event: Ipoh International Waiters’ Race 2013
Venue: Taman DR Seenivasagam
Date: 29th June, 2013
Time: 9am – 4pm

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