The first round of the IV Olympiad continued the tradition of six days of friendly competition between service workers in the Merida hotel zone.
Yesterday, Day 1, was the day for kitchen and bar workers to face the challenge of preparing a dish in 20 minutes with quintessential Yucatecan ingredients such as chaya, habanero chili, xcatic or pitahaya. The Merida Hyatt Regency took top honors with marinated pork with recado negro, and the Holiday Inn triumphed with a dessert called “un boxito en el éden.”
Bartender Omar Cámara Carrillo, representing the Hotel Fiesta Americana, in five minutes created the “Uaymitún,” a blend of eight ingredients, including regional spirits and beer. Cámara Carrillo, who hails from Ucú, started at the hotel as a janitor and waiter, but in four years learned his trade. He learned well: His cocktail took first place in the competition.
Participating hotels El Castellano and the Presidente InterContinental are also in the competition, which continues through Aug. 23.
Tourism Minister Saul Salazar Ancona, and the developer of the game, Mario Cabrera Zaldivar, said about 200 employees and managers are competing. He stressed that the annual competition enables service providers to exchange experiences, to enrich their knowledge and improve the quality of their services.
Other competitions will involve housekeeping and banquet services.