Gordon Ramsay's waiter serves up winning entry
Fighting off stiff competition in the Caterer Awards 2016 waiter of the year category, Luke Kennett from Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen walked away with the trophy at last night’s award ceremony.
The award was presented to Kennett at last night’s event by Arnd Springer, managing director of Jackson Trading.
Kennett was credited for his impressive upselling record, as well as a number of unique initiatives he has introduced at the Atlantis The Palm-based restaurant, which have led to savings, as well as added potential for revenue.
The judges were also impressed by Kennett’s reputation among guests, being the most requested waiter at Bread Street Kitchen, including by royal and celebrity guests.
Talking to Caterer Middle East on the night, Kennett told us of his service style: "I want people to be relaxed and have a good time. If you open up a bit about yourself, the guests will open up too, and then you can tailor their experience to what they want. Going the extra mile, doing something they wouldn’t expect you to do, is what makes it special."
Regarding the number of notable guests Kennett has personally served at Bread Street Kitchen since its opening, he added: "To be honest, I have found that the more famous, and the more high up the guest, the easier they are to serve. I’ve served Sheikh Hamden quite a few times now. He’s very friendlyand relaxed. One experience that stood out for me was Alisha Dixon, because she is one of my favourite celebs and so lovely."
Kennett was one of several winners from Atlantis The Palm at the Caterer Awards 2016, with the Dubai resort walking away with no less than three winner's trophies on the night.
Other award wins for Atlantis The Palm were in the pastry chef of the year category, which went to Patrice Cabannes; and in the chief steward of the year category which was received by Vinothan Selvarasu.
The event, which was held at the Conrad Dubai on June 1, was sponsored by Al Rawdah, Aqua Panna- S.Pellegrino, Aramtec, Bragard, Dallmayr, Figjam, MMI, Patron, Ronai, SampleMe, Sial and TSSC.
Okku Dubai’s Rana Waqas Ali was also highly commended in this category. Other shortlisted waiters in the category included Leah Owour from Fairmont The Palm and Katrina Siringan from Media One Hotel.
Click here to see which other top waiters were shortlisted in this category.