The Ivy's Greaney wins Waiter of the Year award

Waiter wows judges with 'never-ending commitment' to the Dubai outlet

The Ivy's head waiter Alan Greaney
The Ivy's head waiter Alan Greaney

The Ivy Dubai’s head waiter Alan Greaney has won the title of Waiter of the Year at the Caterer Middle East Awards 2012.

Greaney scooped the award after wowing the judges with his “never-ending commitment” to the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Dubai outlet and his “thirst to learn”, they said.

“A maitre’d in the making, his guests specifically ask for him as their waiter when reserving a table,” they added.

Greaney said: "It’s amazing – like something else, I just wasn’t expecting it at all, I was just hit with it."

Asked why he thought he won, Greaney commented: "I’m just a normal person, so I don’t know. Maybe just being me and being myself and being honest all the time and trying to be a good person. I really don’t know. I’m still gobsmacked."

His competition in the shortlist came from Roselyn Alfonso, hostess, La Terazza Hilton Abu Dhabi, Sanjay Asanka, waiter, La Veranda, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai and Vinothan Pathmanathan, waiter, The Shore, Atlantis, the Palm Dubai.

Chetan Vithal Salian, waiter, The Royal Buddha, Holiday Inn Al Barsha, Dubai was also highly commended by the judges.

The 2012 ceremony took place at Jumeirah Emirates Towers on September 26.


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