Nashville's hotel chefs, maids and bell boys got the chance to show off their skills Tuesday at the sixth annual Hospitality Games.
For hotel workers, "on the clock" normally means they have punched into work. But the objective on this shift was more of "beat the clock" as workers from the area's top hotels competed in a speed and skills showdown.
On one end of Municipal Auditorium, the chefs lined up to slice and dice their way to a vegetable victory, creating a dish using only the ingredients provided.
Over on the other side, it was maids with mattresses, as they tucked and fluffed with precision skill.
All were wildly cheered and encouraged by co-workers as they performed tasked not usually met with yelling.
"No, so I take it out here," said Crystal Blanche, business travel sales manager at the Downtown Hilton.
However, the most fun might have been with the bell boys, who raced in a bell cart slalom course.
The entire event is good, clean fun and a fundraiser to establish scholarships for high school students looking to a future in hotel employment.
And it sent the message that hospitality matters, whether you're the chief bottle washer or the boss.
"You need to have fun at work. And if we don't have fun where we work, we're not giving the hospitality we need to," said Tom Negri, managing director of Loew's Vanderbilt Hotel.
Competitors also participated in a canned food drive that benefits Second Harvest Food Bank.
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