Bar service race to be staged in Taipei


TAIPEI, Taiwan — A bar service race, touted as the first of its kind in Taiwan, will be staged in Taipei on Sept. 27, according to organizers.

Tai Sheng-yi, owner of the Wang Group Steak Store Chain said Tuesday that the race is to be divided into two divisions, one for school students, the other for active waiters, and that the top prize in the professional waiters’ division will be NT$200,000 (US$6,034).

Contestants will speed through a course carrying trays laden with drinks, said the organizer.

Tai said the contest is aimed at raising the quality of restaurant service, adding that most local restaurants have gone to great lengths to recruit chefs who can turn out innovative and delicious dishes while ignoring the quality of their service personnel.

For a good restaurant, the manner in which their servers wait on customers at the table is as important as the food they serve, Tai said.

In order to ensure the fairness of the race, Tai said judges will be recruited from local culinary schools, and that no servers from his nine outlet chain stores will be permitted to take part.