Newly appointed State Executive Councillor for Health, Tourism and Culture, Nolee Ashilin Dato’ Mohammed Radzi hoped that the inaugural Ipoh International Waiters Race would attract many participants. She said this during a press conference held at the Perak State Secretariat Building recently.
The International Waiters Race originated in France over a century ago and this is the first time that the race will be held in Ipoh on Saturday, June 29 at the Taman D.R. Seenivasagam.
Participants from cities such as Guangzhou, Medan, Hat Yai and Singapore are expected to take part. The race is divided into three categories namely, Classic Tray (open to individual professionals), Sportive Tray (open to quick service waiters and students from hospitality schools and colleges) and Fun Tray (open to the public in the form of a relay team consisting of 2 men and 2 women each). To ensure better control, the number of participants will be capped at a maximum of 250 only.
Fun activities such as ice carving, fruit carving and mock-tail competitions will be held after the prize-giving ceremony. Those interested can visit www.ipohwaitersrace.org for more information.
On a related matter, Nolee hopes to improve on the existing assets of Ipoh and Perak in order to attract more tourists to the state. This includes the upgrading of accessibility between tourist spots and hotels, signage and information dissemination.
She too hopes that a substantial number of the 26 million visitors anticipated for the upcoming Visit Malaysia 2014 will visit Perak.
Tourism Perak will organise a seminar soon to get the right input from all stakeholders.
Ipoh’s inaugural International Waiter’s Race will be held on Saturday, May 25 in conjunction with the City’s 25th Anniversary. The event will be held at Taman D.R. Seenivasagam and is expected to attract participants from far and wide including from Ipoh’s sister cities, Fukuoka, Medan and Guangzhou. The race is jointly organised by Ipoh City Council, Perak Tourism Association, Malaysian Association of Hotels (Perak Chapter) and the International Waiters Race Agency, Ipoh.
Organising Chairman, Hj Mohd Odzman Abd Kadir, said the objective of the event was to give due recognition to waiters in the hospitality industry. Mayor Dato’ Roshidi Hashim, in his address, added that the race, being an international event, would be another tourist attraction for the City. Dato’ Mohd Nor Khalid, better known as Lat, Malaysia’s famous cartoonist from Perak, designed the cartoon character for the race giving it a distinctive Ipoh flavour.
The race, incidentally, originated from France over a century ago. Its aim was to test waiters’ skill and dexterity in balancing a tray of beverages on the palm of one hand while racing through the street. Participants had to finish with a full tray or close to it.
Over one hundred waiters and waitresses from Perak’s favourite eateries will be running the 1.5-km course in the park. They will be divided into three categories, Full Service, Quick Service and Amateurs, based upon their experiences. Related competitions such as ice-carving, flower-arrangement, food-carving and a barista competition in coffee decoration are in the offing.
For details or registration, visit www.ipohwaitersrace.org.