National Waiters Day 2017 celebrates five years

National Waiters’ Day returns this year on 16th May 2017 for a special celebration as the campaign led by The Springboard Charity and Fred Sirieix, reaches its fifth anniversary.

National Waiters’ Day is the brainchild of Galvin at Windows General Manager, Fred Sirieix (best known for his appearance on Channel 4’s First Dates), who founded the campaign in 2012 to encourage younger generations to consider a career in hospitality and give the opportunity for the 2.9 million people working in the UK hospitality industry to celebrate their career and the dedication they put in day in, day out.

“To be celebrating our fifth year of National Waiters’ Day is a wonderful milestone! It’s essential that we promote the ocean of career opportunities hospitality has to offer, celebrate the hard work of front of house professionals, and encourage more people to begin great careers in hospitality” says Sirieix.

Every year, waiters and front of house professional’s race through London’s Hyde Park and many other locations across the UK with trays in hand as well as participate in front of house skilled activities where they can showcase their abilities. On top of that, hospitality businesses will be holding career talks and taster days for people that want to take the leap into a front of house career.


Anne Pierce, Springboard’s CEO, said: “National Waiters’ Day was created to increase awareness of the range of roles available in front of house, and at the same time, to celebrate the work of the millions who work in the industry. It’s the ideal opportunity for jobseekers and businesses alike, with activities ranging from skills challenges to talks, and of course the waiters’ race!”

Berkeley Scott’s Managing Director, Liam Humphreys is encouraging more people to get involved in the campaign, saying: “Hospitality is all about service, as great service can transform any dining experience. It is a role that many of us have done at some point in our career and is an absolute essential part of our industry. I would encourage everyone to get behind the National Waiters’ Day initiative and Springboard as they offer support to people within this vital and often, underestimated part of our economy”.

So if you work in the hospitality industry, or you’re interested in getting into the industry, grab your apron and tray and join Fred along with Springboard Charity on this fun-filled day of celebrations. For more information, to register a National Waiters’ Day event, or to sign up, visit:

Don’t forget to share your pictures on the day via social media using the hashtag #NWD2017.