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A National Campaign Celebrating the Food & Service Industry

The National Waiters Day Race @ London Hospitality Festival | Sunday 8th September, King's House Sports Ground, Chiswick, London

About / Fred Sirieix


As the brainchild of Fred Sirieix, National Waiters’ Day aims to celebrate and promote the hospitality industry as an exciting profession, with a particular focus on waiters. Inspired by the original ‘course des garçons de café’ which began over a century ago in France, the Waiters’ Day competition involves hundreds of waiters racing with trays of water and bottles without spilling or dropping anything. Springboard’s National Waiters’ Day race raised over £30,000 in 2018 to go towards Springboard’s FAB programme which helps those with barriers to employment to achieve sustainable careers in the hospitality industry. 

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Since his introduction to hospitality at age 16 when he took the alternative route of joining a catering college, rather than pursuing traditional pathways, Fred Sirieix has always been passionate about promoting the industry as a fantastic place in which to work. 

“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.” – Fred Sirieix

Hospitality and, in particular, Front of House, is an industry which does not receive the praise or recognition that it deserves. National Waiters’ Day is one of Springboard’s most successful campaigns, helping to overturn the reputation of waitering as a career choice. All proceeds raised by the National Waiters’ Day race will go towards funding Springboard’s employability programmes and will ultimately help people of all ages to build the skills required to embark upon a career in the hospitality industry.

This year, we’re thrilled to announce that Springboard is partnering with the London Hospitality Festival for the first time ever! The National Waiters’ Day race will be taking place at the festival on Sunday 8th September at Kings House Sports Grounds, Chiswick. The festival is forecast to be the hospitality industry’s biggest staff summer party and will provide fun and entertainment for all the family, including football & softball tournaments, street food stalls, face painting, live music and bouncy castles.7

Sign up now to take part in this year’s National Waiters’ Day race and celebrate the industry while raising vital funds! 

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National Waiters Day is brought to you by:


Partner sponsor

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Partner sponsor

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Campaign supporter

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Fred Sirieix

Campaign Founder

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London Hospitality Festival

Campaign supporter

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