The first UK Housekeeping Association (UKHA) Olympic Challenge was recently held at the Millennium Copthorne and Chelsea Football Club on 5 October 2012.
27 Hotels competed in the event with each displaying excellent speed, attention to detail, enthusiasm and competitiveness for the five events. The contestants’ skills were put to the test as they went head-to-head in rounds, including bed making and innovation, toilet roll throwing, vacuuming around obstacles, a knowledge quiz and an ‘eye-for-detail’ round, whereby entrants had to spot and remove hidden stickers in a bedroom set.
Coworth Park Hotel in Ascot scooped gold and the £1,000 grand prize. Silver place went to The Mandeville Hotel, London, while The Dorchester, Park Lane, bagged the bronze. All the teams threw themselves into the challenge with good humour and a keen sense of competitiveness.
Raj Ruia, managing director at Richard Haworth, said: “The event was a huge success and demonstrated how skilled the UK’s hotel housekeepers are. They truly are the unsung heroes – they’re all too often an invisible force within the hospitality industry, but without them the attention to detail that we expect in a hotel environment just wouldn’t exist.”
The Richard Haworth team was photographed with the third place team The Dorchester below and was selected as Picture of the Week in a recent issue of The Caterer.