My work placement is at the Harper’s Restaurant in the Hibernian Hotel. This lovely hotel is just in the shadow of Kilkenny Castle, in the heart of Kilkenny city. Originally the Hibernian Bank, an 18th century building overlooks the Parade. I was taken into the team from the first day as a full member.
I had to be at work frok 10am until 5pm every day. My tasks were not different than the ones from all the other staff at the restaurant. I had to clear tables, reset them, welcome guests and take them to their tables, take orders and payments. Of course, it took me 3 or 4 days to learn everything and to show to my supervisor that I am capable of doing more than just polishing glasses and cutlery.
Whenever I had a question, I could ask anyone from the staff and everyone was more than helpful and nice to me. I laughed a lot with the team members and working there was actually really funny .
One thing I really appreciated was that I could order whatever I wanted from the regular menu for my lunch break. So if a guest asked for a recommendation I could really tell him something because I had tried a lot of things from the dishes we offered them.