The 4th Edition of the International Waiters Race took place at the Lost World of Tambun on Sunday, May 15 from 9am till 2pm. The annual event was hosted by the Malaysian Association of Hoteliers (MAH), Perak Chapter.
The race was divided into two categories namely, Classic Tray and Sportive Tray for both male and female. Classic Tray category was only meant for hoteliers while the Sportive Tray category was for restaurant workers and college students.
The contestants were required to carry a tray with an opened bottle of mineral water and two glasses of water with only one hand. The objective was to train them to be quick and effective when serving customers.
They had to balance the tray without spilling any drinks along the 1.2-km route at Ipoh’s premier theme park. It was definitely challenging. Some dropped their trays before the race even started.
Besides students, participants from Myanmar, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Philippines were also there as part of their working assignments in local companies.
As for Malaysia, participants from almost all states were present to add colour to the atmosphere.
Erna Kashmini Jamali from Hotel Pullman, Kuching won the Classic Tray (female) category. She won a RM2000 cash award for her effort. “This is my second year being a champion in this category. There were so many competitors this year. I didn’t expect to win at all. I was about to give up,” she told ipoh Echo.
Erna, who has been with Pullman Kuching for three years, was overjoyed. She planned to return next year.