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Peter Clifford

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  Peter Clifford
To get physically fit for the entrance tests and also for the demanding physical nature of the job. Also I would tell people to enjoy themselves before they join as it’s a job for at least 30 years.

I would also informl people about the variety of avenues people can get into when they have completed their training. There really is a career for every person regardless of where their interests lie. There is so many specialised units and prospects.
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Is a trained and knowledgeable wine professional, commonly working in fine restaurants, who specialises in all aspects of wine service. The role is more specialised and informed than that of a wine waiter.


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