Budapest’s Hungexpo Fair Center was buzzing for three days last week as this year’s European Championship of young professionals was held in the Hungarian capital with much success.
HT was able to take a closer look at the restaurant service section of the competition. Participating waiters had to perform three stations in total, one per day: fine dining, bistro and bar/lounge+coffee. They had to manage each step within, from napkin folding to recognizing wines and preparing starters. In fine-dining, for example, besides providing a five-star experience, they had to prepare the starter fish-plate or, in the bistro, the steak tartare. At least eight of the ten members on the jury were circulating around the room checking every minute detail and movement of the competitors. The competition is not only a prestigious contest with a festival-like milieu, but also a foot in the door to the highest levels of a given field. The former 2014 winner of the restaurant section can attest, having had no problem finding a job at a three-star restaurant following the competition.
Waiting for the “guests”. Image: Hungary Today
The EuroSkills competition is held every two years for young professionals from 28 countries. The skill competition includes the fields of information and communication; manufacturing and engineering; construction and building; transportation and logistics; social and personal services and creative arts and fashion. In total, 525 competitors and 500 experts took part in the championship, attracting more than 100,000 visitors to the Hungexpo. This year, Hungarian professionals won three gold, three silver and three bronze medals, finishing fourth behind Russia, Austria and France, wire service MTI reported.
Image: Balogh Zoltán/ MTI
In a speech given at the closing gala, President Áder declared that “there is a need for exacting precise and conscientious work everywhere in the world.” President of the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, László Parragh, announced that the excellent performance of Hungarians shows that the country possesses the right professionals in both traditional and modern professions.
The next EuroSkills will be held in Graz, Austria, and Kazan, Russia will host next year’s WorldSkills.
featured image: the opening ceremony in László Papp Sports Arena on Tuesday; via Koszticsák Szilárd/ MTI