One bottle, six glasses and a standard corkscrew! How fast could you open and pour a bottle of wine? It sounds easy enough, but when the clock is ticking and everyone is watching, it's amazing what pressure can do.
We took the WineEd 'Wine Pour Challenge' to National Waiter's Day, in sunny Hyde Park, to find the waiter who could perform this essential skill in the quickest time possible. The competition was fierce, as the UK's finest front-of-house staff took turns to post the fastest time. After a slow, but steady start, the pace finally picked up, and we saw some seriously impressive attempts to top the leader board.
The highlight was, almost certainly, the smooth and stylish moves of event founder, Fred Sirieix, who swung by the stand and effortlessly posted the quickest time, to that point.
To avoid any time penalties, the waiters needed to cut and remove the foil correctly, remove the cork, pour evenly into the 6 glasses without spilling any wine and not go back to re-pour any of the glasses. Timing is the key to a winning score, and finishing the bottle evenly, on the last glass proved to be the hardest thing for competitors to get right.
Thank you to everyone who came along to visit us on the day. The whole event was a great way to celebrate the hard-working, front of house staff of our industry. All funds raised from the day will help to support The Springboard Charity and their FAB (Food & Beverage Programme). The programme has been created to inspire and educate students about careers in front of house food and beverage roles.