One of London’s more bizarre events is returning to the capital this month.
The annual Waiter’s Day race will take place on May 16 in Hyde Park, and will feature television's Fred Sirieix from the hit reality show First Dates .
The event helps mark National Waiters Day, which falls on the same day and is the brainchild of the Fred, the maître d’ in the popular Channel 4 show which sees couple meet for the first time on blind dates over dinner.
Waiters’ races have been run for over a century, and though the most famous is the "Course des Garçons de Café" in France, the first one took place in London in 1901.
It features around 300 student and professional front of house hospitality staff including waiters, bar tenders, baristas making a mad 80 yard dash carrying a tray with a bottle of water.
Prizes are available for the fastest male and female, and best dressed.
Although good fun, there is a serious message.
Fred said: “I’m excited to once again lead the race and celebrations in Hyde Park this 16 th May - 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.
“With all the opportunities available, you can work hard and be rewarded with success – there has never been a more exciting time to join this special industry.”
This year marks the fifth anniversary of National Waiters’ Day, which celebrates excellence, dedication, hard work and discipline of the 2.9 million people working in the UK hospitality industry.
The race begins at 4pm at the bandstand.
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