WIT Competes in Le Coupe Georges Baptiste

Leanne Wright, Vicki Kenny, with Mr John Neary, Irish Ambassador to Japan and his wife at the closing ceremony Gala Dinner.

Leanne Wright, Vicki Kenny, with Mr John Neary, Irish Ambassador to Japan and his wife at the closing ceremony Gala Dinner.

A student and a lecturer from Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) recently took part in the prestigious international restaurant service competition, Le Coupe George Baptiste, which this year took place in Tokyo Japan. WIT is the only higher education Institute in Ireland to compete in the competition each year.

Leanne Wright, a 2nd year BA in Hospitality Management student from Portlaw, Co. Waterford represented the Institute and Ireland in the Student Competition against students from eleven other universities around the world (France, Spain, Belgium, Japan, Vietnam, Portugal, Estonia, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Luxembourg and Ireland). Vicki Kenny, a Lecturer of Hospitality at WIT competed in the first Seniors Competition, which included Maitre D’s from restaurants all over the world.

The historic competition gives an opportunity for students from countries all over the world to demonstrate their technical skills in Fine Dining Restaurant Gueridon Service. The competition comprises of 10 tasks; Order Taking, Shrimp Cocktail, Salmon Tartar, Pineapple Carving, Pineapple Flambé, Carving of Lamb, Cocktail Making, Blind Wine Tasting and Identifying, Irish Coffee Making and Table Setting as per a Theme. Participants had to conduct all tasks through French.

There was an International and European competition for both students and professionals, with the top three participants of each awarded gold, silver or bronze medals. WIT did not rank in the top three this year but this did not dampen their spirits.

Leanne is delighted to have taken part in the competition, commenting, “I didn’t realise just how beneficial being involved in a competition of this scale could be. Le Coupe Georges Baptiste Competition is world renowned and having the chance to compete in such an event was not only a great experience, but also gave us an opportunity to showcase WIT on an international stage.”

Vicki Kenny has worked in the Hotel Industry for a number of years and is a Lecturer of Hospitality in the Department of Tourism, Languages and Hospitality. She described the experience as fast paced but fun, “Each Candidate had to complete each task with the students getting 15 minutes for each and the professionals getting 10 minutes for each. This competition is deemed as the highest level of Fine Dining on the world stage and gave each competitor both students and professionals the opportunity to experience high class service.”

Within the School of Humanities at WIT, the department of Languages Tourism & Hospitality offers a wide selection of European languages across the institute along with its portfolio of programmes in tourism, hospitality and the culinary arts. Their Higher Certificate to Degree programmes aim at enhancing the overall development of students. Coupled with their language skills, the department ensures a high employment demand for their students, both at home and abroad.

For more information on the department, please visit the Department of Languages, Tourism & Hospitality.

Related Courses

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in  Hospitality Management
Higher Certificate in Arts in  Hospitality Studies

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