The principal of the British Butler Institute, Gary Williams, who’s previously served royalty, heads of state and prime ministers, including Margaret Thatcher, is bringing his exclusive training to China with one-day courses in Shanghai, Beijing and Hangzhou.
Each etiquette course, which includes ‘the full British butler experience’ is limited to three customers and costs 1,999 yuan per person.
“Butler service in China is still in its infancy but we have seen a growing demand,” Fang Peterson, head of The British Butler Institute’s business in China, told China Daily.
Apparently, those seeking quality service beyond your average ayi have been inspired in part by popular TV shows such as “Downton Abbey”.
Sara Vestin Rahmani, founder of the British Butler Institute, told Financial Times in an interview from 2014 that around 80 percent of their customers are from China, Russia and the Middle East, adding that British people who once could afford house staff cannot anymore.
“We are optimistic about the China market. China’s rising middle class are demanding better services,” Peterson said, however, “there are few qualified butlers in China”.
Qualified butlers should have an extensive knowledge of wine, fine tableware and crystal and should be able to work their way around a garden, kitchen and more.
Students who complete the £4890.00 four-week course at the British Butler Institute receive five certifications including Butler certification, Mixology certification, Cooking certification, Flower Design certification and Roasting certification.
Williams will only share some of the course during his three-day, three-stop visit, the Daily says.
Jeeves-in-trainings can purchase a spot in the course through Juhuasuan, Alibaba’s group-buying website.
With contributions from Dan Cunningham
[Image via British Butler Institute]