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A National Campaign Celebrating the Food & Service Industry

The National Waiters Day Race | Weds 16th May, London

About / Fred Sirieix


National Waiters’ Day founder Fred Sirieix talks about why he started the campaign, and what the hospitality industry means to him.

“I was never interested in following a classic school curriculum and decided to join a catering college instead at 16 years old. The thing that attracted me the most towards the hospitality industry was that it was very different and I felt I was going to do a special-something that most people could not do… and I did!

“I love the fact that I can travel, work late, meet so many different exciting people and work in an industry where I am able to give pleasure to others, be creative and most importantly be myself.

“At 20 years old I arrived in the UK in 1992 and worked as a waiter for two years at La Tante Claire and Le Gavroche. From there my career took off because if you do well and show potential you get recommended to others.

“It has always been my philosophy to work with the best and to do my best always (it does rub off). I believe in hard work and in the beauty of discipline to achieve one’s goal. There has never been a more exciting time to join the hospitality industry – there are opportunities everywhere for those who want them and those who are prepared to do what it takes. For me my job is not a job because I truly enjoy what I do and have tremendous fun and pleasure doing it.”

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