Jirapong Veerasanee and Chanatphim Treephoppokkhasab, who took gold and silver, respectively, in the Nov. 11-20 competition in Jakarta, presented a plaque to Centara General Manager Andre Brulhart Dec. 21.
Jirapong Veerasanee (left) and Chanatphim Treephoppokkhasab (2nd right) thank Andre Brulhart (center) and Wuthisak Pichayagan (right) along with Satien Pothphrsri (2nd left).
The Dusit Thani College students had trained at the hotel for months, which led to their success at the games, said Chonburi Department of Skills Development Director Satien Pothphrsri, who accompanied them.
“When I was at the competition, I met with countless obstacles, whether it was a guest fainting or even disappearing, all of which I had to rectify at that moment,” Jirapong recalled. “But I always remembered to use my intelligence, as advised by my sponsor, and to never lose the smile from my face during service.”
WorldSkills ASEAN is a regional qualifying contest for the worldwide competition in occupational skills from mechanical repair to computer network administration to food service.
Thailand, which hosted the ASEAN games last year, sent 34 contestants in 32 categories. Five won gold in restaurant service, welding, building-electricity technology, and two in hairstyling. In addition, Thais won two silver and four bronze medals, along with 12 consolation prizes.
The skills department will choose one of the two winners to represent Thailand in the WorldSkills global competition in Germany in July.