The Waiter of the Year 2017 is Ronny Malmberg. He won the competition on the 10th of April 2017 at the Rafla fair at Peurunka.
Waiter of the Year is the Finnish championship for professional waiters and waitresses. Competitors get to show their skills in practice as they serve guests with culinary delights prepared by finalists 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, and the first ever winner was Maria Suihkonen. The Waiter of the Year 2017 is Ronny Malmberg from restaurant Farang.
The competing season lasts for a year, during which the winner takes part in different events, makes media appearances and works with the campaigns of affiliates. The aim of the competition is to inspire professional growth in the field and to showcase how varied and demanding the profession of a waiter can be.
To take part in the Waiter of the Year competition, you need to submit a specified assignment in advance. The assignment includes planning tasks and a set of multiple choice questions. The best of applicants will be selected to participate in the semifinals, from where the most talented will continue on to the finals. Each year three of the best will be awarded. In the finals the waiters will have a chance to showcase their hands-on skills, as they create a memorable restaurant experience for the invited guests together with the Chef of the Year -semifinalists.
Winners of Waiter of the Year 2013-2016:
2013 – Maria Suihkonen
2014 – Toni Yksjärvi
2015 – Saara Alander
2016 – Taneli Lehtonen
2017 – Ronny Malmberg
For more information:
Moila Ant-Wuorinen, Project Coordinator, ELO Foundation
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Sini Garam, Project Manager, ELO Foundation
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Seija Kurunmäki, Executive Director, ELO Foundation
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Ronny Malmber, Waiter of the Year 2017. © Emilia Kangasluoma