Waiter of the Year (Vuoden Tarjoilija) is the Finnish championship for professional waiters and waitresses. Competitors get to show their skills in practice, as they are serving guests with culinary delights prepared by semifinalists of the national Chef of the Year contest held at the same time. The jury consists of Finnish and international members.
The first Waiter of the Year competition was held in 2013 in Helsinki.
The first winner was Ms. Maria Suihkonen from restaurant Hullu Poro in Sirkka, Lapland.
Mr. Toni Yksjärvi is the Waiter of the Year 2014 from Gastrobar Emo in Helsinki.
The Waiter of the Year 2015 will be held on 27-28th of March in Helsinki.
Follow the competition at Waiter of the Year Facebook page.
Mr. Toni Yksjärvi, Waiter of the Year 2014. © Manne Stenros