Waitress at Chewton Glen hopes to be deemed ‘world class’


A waitress working at Chewton Glen in Hampshire is preparing to jet off to Brazil this weekend to compete in one of the biggest hospitality education and skills competitions in the world.

Lucy Jones will be flying the flag for Britain at the WorldSkills Competition in the restaurant category, joining a 41-strong team from the UK hoping to win a number of accolades at the event in São Paulo, Brazil.

At just 21 years old, Jones is head waitress at Chewton Glen and will be competing against other people in the hospitality industry from across the world, including the Asia, Africa and the South Pacific.

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Competitors will simulate real work challenges that must be completed to international standards of quality and excellence.

Jones started working at Chewton Glen as a part-time waitress four years ago in the hotel’s main restaurant, while she was studying for a diploma in hospitality supervision at Brockenhurst College.

In May 2012 she was promoted to a weekend commis waitress and then in December 2013 she was appointed head waitress.

Speaking to the Daily Echo, Anita Bower from Chewton Glen said: “Lucy’s place in the Squad UK is a tremendous personal achievement and we are delighted and thrilled for her, she has shown exemplary skills and real dedication to her professional training.

“Lucy is still continuing to develop her skills portfolio working as part of our front of house reception team.

“We have watched her career develop from starting at Chewton Glen and she has continued to excel and received the Chewton Glen Award of Excellence in 2014.”