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The Modern Butlers’ Journal, December 2021


Message from the Chairman

by Steven Ferry

Steven Ferry

This is not a goodbye… for two truisms come to mind when I sit down to write this last edition of the Modern Butlers’ Journal: Without change, life would be boring; and the more things change, the more they stay the same. The fact is that the Journal has been published without break for 15 years, well into the age where quick and easy-to-assimilate information delivered on smartphones and social media has become…

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Butlers in the Media

by Steven Ferry

No mentions of note about butlers in the media this month, but a noteworthy web site has appeared from Mr. Jim Grise, well worth a read…

 

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Letters to the Editor

Serveral letters from our readers this month!

«I still had this [encouraging Chairman’s message about dealing with hostile environments] in my inbox and I am so glad that I did, as I needed it today! Thank you for all of the invaluable insight and advice you share with us.» AH; Ed: So glad it proved useful—and you are welcome;

«I returned from a 6-month contract on a cruise ship and currently…

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The Wisdom of Butlers Past, Part 55: Proper Behaviour

by Steven Ferry

Proper etiquette at the kitchen table for staff meals was covered in the last issue, and the book then swings into 22 pages of how staff should behave toward each other, as well as with family and guests. The advice begins with sentiments that we would find most acceptable today, and which are most timely as we enter the holiday season of good cheer: «The more you endeavour to promote the happiness of those around you, the more you will secure your own. Consider that you must live with fellow…

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Let’s Talk Mixology, Part 74: Santa Clausmopolitan

by Amer A. Vargas

Ho ho ho, dear readers!

Christmas is around the corner and Santa Claus and his helpers are working hard to prepare the presents for all children everywhere!

On this occasion, we pay tribute to big man dressed in red with his own cocktail. As you will see, the Santa Clausmopolitan is not only delicious, but also reminds us of Father Noel’s outfit. And, as is often the case, it is really easy to prepare, and much easier even to enjoy! These are the ingredients you will need for

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My Butler Julius: Christmas for Butlers

by Julius Smith

As we approach the holiday season, please spare a thought for all the butlers and private staff who will be working over the festive period. I am not so sure it’s the most wonderful time of year for us who are responsible for making it a magical time for our principals. I am sure I am not alone in missing out on spending time with my own family because I have to serve another at Christmas, not to mention birthdays and anniversaries etc.

However, this, to use a cliché, is what we signed up for…

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Paying Attention to Details

Because one image can say more than a thousand words, click on «read more» below to find out how good (or not so good) someone’s attention to detail can be, and be left speechless….

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Care of Leather Goods, Part 14: Leather Furniture

by Steven Ferry

Steven Ferry

Leather furniture either has a protective layer or is unfinished: Unfinished (aniline) leather is full grain leather that has been dyed the whole way through and does not have a protective coating on it, so while on the plus side it ages well, developing a patina, it can stain more easily.

This is simple enough to manage: Apply saddle soap with a damp cloth to any lighter stains; heavier ones, such as ballpoint marks…

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Coming Soon… Online Hospitality Butler Course!

by Amer A. Vargas

IIMBBeing a butler is not just a profession. Some say it’s almost an art; it’s definitely a philosophy and a way of life.

Whether your company be a hotel, a resort, a cruise ship, rental villas or time-share properties, if you require training of your butlers, the new IIMB Online Hospitality Butler Course could help improve your butler team’s skills. The course provides a deeper look into the butler’s soft skills, including how to manage themselves as a true butler would. It teaches butlers new and old skills such as the right demeanor, proper communication, the right way to approach service, the butler’s Etiquette & Protocols…

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Culinary Tips for Butlers

by Christopher Carter Sanderson

As breakfast is the purview of the butler, I retain an interest in it beyond general cookery as I am sure we all do. By this time, for instance, I am sure that all of my sister and brother butlers have been instructed by Sir Ian McKellen’s excellent short instructional video on the perfect scrambled egg. And I may be late to the party on this tip, but I have recently found that gently warming the cream cheese before serving it, either on the side or on a bagel directly, has an extraordinary impact on the flavor….

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Creative Corner

ft. Rick Finck & Kobi Gutman

We continue featuring butlers and ex-butlers who, not surprisingly, given the level of creativity the position requires, enjoy skills in the fine arts. If you, or any butler you know, are a creative artist in no matter what genre, please feel free to submit your/their works to the editor of the Modern Butlers’ Journal. This month we include a new creation by Mr. Rick Fink, a retired butler with over 6 decades of experience and currently the principal of the Butler Valet School in England, and a venerable member of the International Butler Trainer Alliance….

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Update on SABA

Legal actions being taken by Ms. Yang Lin and 18 students against the South African Butler Academy (SABA), Mr. Newton Cross, Guild Recruitment (GR), Mr. Willem Adriaan Coetzer, Butler Training Pty Ltd, and Butler Holdings Pty Ltd, have attracted overwhelming response from the hospitality industry around the world.

Ms. Lin provides an update stating that, after her attorney served…….

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Experienced Head Butler Sought for Resort in Bora Bora

High level of knowledge of Butler Services, both implementation and training.
Excellent reading, writing and oral skills in English and French. Additional languages are a big plus.
Candidates on this position will be asked to start as soon as possible. Consult with us to find out if you are eligible for the position, depending on your vaccination status…
 

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Recent Hospitality Graduates

In this edition we say hello once more to the butler team from Raffles Meradhoo in the Maldives. In the photo featured in this article, IIMB President Mr. Amer A. Vargas is shown with some of the butlers, as well as the Training Directors, the Front Office Manager and the General Manager, following the refresher training they completed last month.

To all of you, thanks for all your positive energy and support!

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In Their Words: How Those Trained by the Institute’s Trainers Feel about Their Experience

To end the year on a happy note, we feature the inspirational feedback from the Jadugars (butler «magicians») from Joali Maldives and Joali Being in the Maldives, as well as the butlers from Rosewood Little Dix Bay, following the training delivered there by Mr. Vargas, who is rapidly becoming internationally recognized for his work and the positive motivational effects his training has on the staff who attend his courses. Read some of his students’ comments here…

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The Institute is dedicated to raising service standards by broadly disseminating the mindset and superior service expertise of that time-honored, quintessential service provider, the British Butler, updated with modern people skills, and adapted to the needs of modern employers and guests in staffed homes, luxury hotels, resorts, spas, retirement communities, jets, yachts & cruise ships around the world. Contact us for all your training needs via email at enquiries@modernbutlers.com or via telephone: USA 1-813- 354-2734. We invite you to also visit our website www.modernbutlers.com for more information.

Please email the editor of The Modern Butler’s Journal at newsletter@modernbutlers.com with any article ideas, concerns, comments, or suggestions.

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The Modern Butlers’ Journal, November 2021


Message from the Chairman

by Steven Ferry

Steven Ferry

A meme recently caught my eye, as it is particularly germane to butlers caring for their employers and the property of their employers—just as much as it is to familial relationships, friendships, and vintage cars. And with so much that is worrisome today, it helps to sit down with a cup of tea (or coffee) every now and then and remember these words…

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Butlers in the Media

by Steven Ferry

An almost complete black-out on butlers in the media this month, with just one mention of a resort chain that should know better, because they have proper butlers and yet are now downgrading that concept for their guests by introducing «pizza butlers.»…..

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The Wisdom of Butlers Past, Part 54: Kitchen Meals

by Steven Ferry

These meals were for the staff in the kitchen and required all staff to be present unless engaged in work for the employers. Anyone not arriving on time for grace to be said, had their food returned to the kitchen. The table was laid by the Hallboy, the entry level position for males. The manservants were expected to draw the beer for the meal, but not too much, as «shameful waste often brings wo[e]ful want to those who are so sinful as to be careless and extravagant in the provisions committed to their charge.» …

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Let’s Talk Mixology, Part 73: Maldivian Sling

by Amer A. Vargas

This butler’s most recent trip to the Maldives is coming to an end at Raffles Maldives Meradhoo, a beautiful resort located south of the capital city of Male, and just about 59 km/37 mi north of the equator.

Upon arrival at the resort, the Raffles butlers prepare a welcome drink for their guests called the Maldives Sling, a cocktail created at the Long Bar (the famous Long Bar, which is a feature of all Raffles properties). In fact, the Maldives Sling is a variation of the well-known Singapore Sling, a cocktail originally created at Raffles Singapore, but with a wonderful twist of added Maldivian ingredients…

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My Butler Julius: The Difference Between a Butler and a Waiter

by Butler Julius

I was once asked, «What is the difference between a butler and a waiter?» It made me think, because to those of us in private service the answer is obvious, but is it really?

We could argue that we look so smart in our three-piece butler suit and hopefully polished shoes, and that we have a high knowledge of etiquette, and discretion and other qualities run through our DNA. I am not for a minute downplaying the wonderful…

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Paying Attention to Details

Because one image can say more than a thousand words, click on «read more» to find out how good (or not so good) someone’s attention to detail can be, and be left speechless….

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Care of Leather Goods, Part 13: Suede

by Steven Ferry

Steven Ferry

While leather is the outside of an animal’s hide, suede is the inside of the hide and thus porous, so one does not use any polishes on it. Instead, use a rubber/eraser or even fingernail file to rub down any oil or stain and try to reveal the fabric again.

To remove dust and dirt, you need to raise the nap/surface of the fabric, the direction of the fibers, either by applying steam from about 10 inches away or by using a…

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Coming Soon… Online Hospitality Butler Course!

by Amer A. Vargas

IIMB

Being a butler is not just a profession. Some say it’s almost an art; it’s definitely a philosophy and a way of life.

Whether your company be a hotel, a resort, a cruise ship, rental villas or time-share properties, if you require training of your butlers, the new IIMB Online Hospitality Butler Course could help improve your butler team’s skills. The course provides a deeper look into the butler’s soft skills, including how to manage themselves as a true butler would. It teaches butlers new and old skills such as the right demeanor, the proper communication, the way to approach service, the butler’s Etiquette & Protocols…

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Creative Corner

ft. Rick Finck & Kobi Gutman

We continue featuring butlers and ex-butlers who, not surprisingly, given the level of creativity the position requires, enjoy skills in the fine arts. If you, or any butler you know, are a creative artist in no matter what genre, please feel free to submit your/their works to the editor of the Modern Butlers’ Journal. This month we include a new creation by Mr. Rick Fink, a retired butler with over 6 decades of experience and currently the principal of the Butler Valet School in England, and a venerable member of the International Butler Trainer Alliance….

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Update on SABA

Legal actions being taken by Ms. Yang Lin and 18 students against the South African Butler Academy (SABA), Mr. Newton Cross, Guild Recruitment (GR), Mr. Willem Adriaan Coetzer, Butler Training Pty Ltd, and Butler Holdings Pty Ltd, have attracted overwhelming response from the hospitality industry around the world.

Ms. Lin provides an update stating that, after her attorney served…….

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Temporary Butlers Sought

Experienced hotel or private-service butler needed to service one family of two for 4-6 weeks in a villa in a five-star hotel in Northern California. 8-hour split shifts, light duties including food and drink service; assisting other staff in the principals’ villa as needed; a small amount of entertaining anticipated; acting as a liaison between the principals and the hotel staff/the two-dozen private staff in nearby villas. Clients request the butlers be vaccinated and submit to regular testing. US work-permit required, travel covered to/from the location, room and board in the hotel, 7-days a week at $400 per day….….

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Recent Hospitality Graduates

In this issue we welcome many new butlers, from the Maldives to the British Virgin Islands. First, the butlers from Joali, just an hour north by seaplane from the capital of Male, and their colleagues from Joali Being, their sister property located just a few minutes away by boat. Last, but not least, we are delighted to introduce the wonderful team of butlers at Rosewood Little Dix Bay in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands.

To all of you, many thanks for your passion and devotion, for your energy and for your positive attitude!…

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In Their Words: How Those Trained by the Institute’s Trainers Feel about Their Experience

This month we feature some inspirational feedback from the Jadugars (magicians!) butler students from Joali Maldives and Joali Being Maldives, as well as from the butlers of Rosewood Little Dix Bay, following the training delivered there by IIMB’s president Amer A. Vargas. Mr. Vargas is rapidly becoming internationally recognized for his work and the positive motivational effects his training has on the staff who attend his courses. Read some of his students’ comments now…

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The Institute is dedicated to raising service standards by broadly disseminating the mindset and superior service expertise of that time-honored, quintessential service provider, the British Butler, updated with modern people skills, and adapted to the needs of modern employers and guests in staffed homes, luxury hotels, resorts, spas, retirement communities, jets, yachts & cruise ships around the world. Contact us for all your training needs via email at enquiries@modernbutlers.com or via telephone: USA 1-813- 354-2734. We invite you to also visit our website www.modernbutlers.com for more information.

Please email the editor of The Modern Butler’s Journal at newsletter@modernbutlers.com with any article ideas, concerns, comments, or suggestions.

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The Modern Butlers’ Journal, October 2021


Message from the Chairman

by Steven Ferry

Steven Ferry

Without the silent intervals between sounds in music, we would be inundated with continuous sound. Like «bad» is needed to understand «good,» so we need silence to help understand and appreciate sound. And so it is that I have no particular message to relay to you this month, except «Take joy in the wide variety of life before you,» and I shall leave you now with silence!…

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Butlers in the Media

by Steven Ferry

Trust a psychologist to twist reality into their own negative world view, turning a butler’s ability and desire to finesse a situation into a comfortable one for all concerned, into the assertion that the butler is lying—and from this negative evaluation, creating a new term according to this Psychology Today article, of Butler Lies that are defined as «lies we tell to avoid social interaction.»

Otherwise, there were three instances this month of the butler being used in commerce…...

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Letters to the Editor

«THANK YOU for this very excellent message on Human Rights.» LW

«Great work from Mr. Kobi Gutman—he has great talent and works with such fine detail—exceptionally amazing, thank you.» RF

Mr. Gutman in response: Thank you kindly, I definitely take it as a great compliment coming from you, after seeing your work.

[Regarding the article by Mr. Smith on hiring] «My experience was…

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The Wisdom of Butlers Past, Part 53: After Dinner, Protocols for Candles

by Steven Ferry

Candles and oil lamps were the only source of light at night and required attentive care. «Observe to have all your lamps and candles lighted up in the drawing-room a little before the guests come. If there is a glass chandelier or sconces, and if they are so high that you cannot reach them without steps, you had better have a small cane or stick with a wax-taper tied at the end, and an extinguisher; if you have this, you will be enabled to light them and put them out without having to bring the steps into the room…

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Let’s Talk Mixology, Part 72: Baby Yoda’s Cocktail & Mocktail

by Amer A. Vargas

On this occasion I present you with a funny cocktail for sci-fi lovers, particularly those who deeply enjoy the Star Wars Saga, and more precisely even, the new The Mandalorian TV series, which includes Baby Yoda as a personal favorite character for many; for example, Emilio, the 2 yo son of some friends in Los Cabos, Mx.

I am here simplifying the preparation, but you can see an extended recipe here courtesy of Tristin, from Home Cooked Harvest. These are the ingredients you will need for a single serving…

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My Butler Julius: If Butlers Ruled the World

by Butler Julius

As we witness the world becoming increasingly fractured and common courtesy disappears, I find myself wondering what would happen if butlers were to be in charge of a country. You may laugh at such a thought, but I feel we are perfectly qualified!

We have excellent organizing skills; We give clear and precise direction and communication to our team members; We are always careful to listen to, and have empathy for, those with whom we communicate…

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Paying Attention to Details

Because one image can say more than a thousand words, click on «read more» to find out how good (or not so good) someone’s attention to detail can be, and be left speechless….

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Care of Leather Goods, Part 12: Exceptions & Hacks on Cleaning and Polishing

by Steven Ferry

Steven Ferry

For patent (high gloss) leather, apply the white cream designed for patent leather with a cloth and wipe off—do not use a brush or regular shoe polish cream or wax; If multi-colored shoes, such as in the case of some ladies shoes or golf shoes, use a neutral-colored polish; Shoes made of snake, alligator, ostrich, etc. skins need to be handled delicately with gentle motions using soft cloth—as their surface can be harmed by brushing/rough brushing. Also, they may require their own polish…

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Coming Soon… Online Hospitality Butler Course!

by Amer A. Vargas

IIMB

Being a butler is not just a profession. Some say it’s almost an art; it’s definitely a philosophy and a way of life.

Whether your company be a hotel, a resort, a cruise ship, rental villas or time-share properties, if you require training of your butlers, the new IIMB Online Hospitality Butler Course could help improve your butler team’s skills. The course provides a deeper look into the butler’s soft skills, including how to manage themselves as a true butler would. It teaches butlers new and old skills such as the right demeanor, the proper communication, the way to approach service, the butler’s Etiquette & Protocols…

Read more »


Creative Corner

ft. Rick Finck & Kobi Gutman

We are expanding this monthly column to include other butlers who, not surprisingly, given the level of creativity the position requires, enjoy skills in the fine arts. If you, or any butler you know, are a creative artist in no matter what genre, please feel free to submit your/their works to the editor of the Modern Butlers’ Journal. This month we include a new creations by Mr. Rick Fink a retired butler with over 6 decades of experience and currently the principal of the Butler Valet School in England, and a venerable member of the International Butler Trainer Alliance….

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Update on SABA

The case is making slow progress, after starting a year ago, hampered by continued failure by the defendants at SABA to provide the requested information, such as evidence of Mr. Cross’ claimed education and employment credentials.

Meanwhile, the defendants are still actively advertising fake jobs to scam unsuspecting consumers into enrollment; according to Ms. Lin, «Consumers wishing to better their lives through learning employable skills, especially those from under-privileged…….

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Temporary Butlers Sought

Three experienced hotel or private-service butlers are needed to service one family of two for 4-6 weeks in a villa in a five-star hotel in Northern California. 8-hour split shifts, light duties including food and drink service; assisting other staff in the principals’ villa as needed; a small amount of entertaining anticipated; acting as a liaison between the principals and the hotel staff and their two-dozen private staff in nearby villas. Clients request the butlers be vaccinated and submit to regular testing. US work-permit required…….

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Recent Hospitality Graduates

In this issue we say hello again to the butlers and majordomos of the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal in Baja California Sura, Mexico. A great team of surpassing expectations staff members that help the property to stay at the top of the best hotels in Mexico…

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In Their Words: How Those Trained by the Institute’s Trainers Feel about Their Experience

Excellent feedback from the Butlers and Majordomos of the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal after the training delivered by IIMB’s president Amer A. Vargas…

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The Institute is dedicated to raising service standards by broadly disseminating the mindset and superior service expertise of that time-honored, quintessential service provider, the British Butler, updated with modern people skills, and adapted to the needs of modern employers and guests in staffed homes, luxury hotels, resorts, spas, retirement communities, jets, yachts & cruise ships around the world. Contact us for all your training needs via email at enquiries@modernbutlers.com or via telephone: USA 1-813- 354-2734. We invite you to also visit our website www.modernbutlers.com for more information.

Please email the editor of The Modern Butler’s Journal at newsletter@modernbutlers.com with any article ideas, concerns, comments, or suggestions.

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The Modern Butlers’ Journal, September 2021


Message from the Chairman

by Steven Ferry

Steven Ferry

It was heartening to see the response to my last message about calming the turmoil in the world by everyone knowing and insisting upon their Human Rights, as delineated in the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Some of you really did take to heart the vital necessity of Human Rights in a civil society—and if butlers represent anything, it is the civility and caring that lie at the root of civilization, so please do continue. We have found over the last couple of months that it takes a constant effort to bring the message through to the majority, as they are so distraught and distracted by…

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Butlers in the Media

by Steven Ferry

An interesting article entitled «What Will Success Actually Take For Estate Managers of the Future?» from one of our own, Mr. Jim Grise…

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Letters to the Editor

«I read your piece about the shortage of cutlery. Even people with money don’t always have enough cutlery in their homes—many is the time I or staff assisting me have had to wash up the small forks so there would be enough for the pudding! It is all part of the fun of putting on a dinner party. Even the sherry glasses have had to be removed after the soup course, cleaned, and put back on the table for the port when the dessert was served (today, many call dessert «pudding» when it is actually just fruit that sits on the side[table]…

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The Wisdom of Butlers Past, Part 52: After Dinner

by Steven Ferry

Once dinner was over, the ladies withdrew to the (with)drawing room where they were served tea and coffee by the butler. The men followed later, at which point they were also served tea and coffee. Meanwhile the staff cleared and washed the dirty dishes, etc. In the event that wine and fruit etc. were leftover in the dining room, the butler was to lock the door to prevent the staff helping themselves to the leftovers. It was advised the staff be given beer so that they would not feel tempted to drink the remaining wine…

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Let’s Talk Mixology, Part 71: Iced Bailey’s Café Latte

by Amer A. Vargas

Continuing with our cocktail series, on this occasion we step into the versatile world of coffee to talk about a simple yet delicious combination that mixes the kick of coffee, the refreshing qualities of ice, the delightful creaminess of milk (and/or cream itself), and the tang of Bailey’s Irish cream. As you are about to see, this coffee combination is very easy to prepare. This is what you will need:

  • A cold Café Latte (approximately 1/3 of coffee and 2/3 cold milk).
  • 5 oz./ 45 ml. Bailey’s Irish Cream…

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My Butler Julius: Job Specification vs. Reality

by Butler Julius

While enjoying a coffee with a butler colleague, he told me what is becoming a very familiar tale these days about starting a new job and being expected to work 80-plus hours a week. I asked what his contract specified, to which he laughed and said, «You know that doesn’t mean a thing.» Consequently, he is now searching for a new position, which explains in part the large turnover of staff in private residences. On the flipside, I know a number of people who work for demanding families but who are…

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Paying Attention to Details

Because one image can say more than a thousand words, click on «read more» to find out how good (or not so good) someone’s attention to detail can be, and be left speechless…

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Care of Leather Goods, Part 11: How to Polish

by Steven Ferry

Steven Ferry

Lay a cloth or newspaper on a surface to prevent dirtying the surface with dust or polish. Remove any laces and use a slightly stiffer brush to brush away dust and grime; then a small round «on» brush to apply a small amount of polish to each section of shoe, including the mid-sole (unless it is made of rubber or plastic), as well as the tongue. For a better shine, apply the polish with a drop of water or even a damp sponge, which will also keep the polish soft so it can be worked into the leather more effectively. Use…

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Coming Soon… Online Hospitality Butler Course!

by Amer A. Vargas

IIMB

Being a butler is not just a profession. Some say it’s almost an art; it’s definitely a philosophy and a way of life.

Whether your company be a hotel, a resort, a cruise ship, rental villas or time-share properties, if you require training of your butlers, the new IIMB Online Hospitality Butler Course could help improve your butler team’s skills. The course provides a deeper look into the butler’s soft skills, including how to manage themselves as a true butler would. It teaches butlers new and old skills such as the right demeanor, the proper communication, the way to approach service, the butler’s Etiquette & Protocols…

Read more »


Creative Corner

ft. Rick Finck & Kobi Gutman

We are expanding this monthly column to include other butlers who, not surprisingly, given the level of creativity the position requires, enjoy skills in the fine arts. If you, or any butler you know, are a creative artist in no matter what genre, please feel free to submit your/their works to the editor of the Modern Butlers’ Journal. This month we include new creations by Mr. Rick Fink and Mr. Kobi Gutman…….

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Update on SABA

At the end of July, 21 consumers/students filed another complaint against the South African Butler Academy ( SABA) and its recruitment arm, Guild Recruitment (GR) for violating the Protection of Personal Information Act by long-term publishing their images despite their objections, online trolling, defamation, and abuse. Among the 21 consumers/students are Ms. Lin Yang and Mr. Paul Raicus, who seek damages of 100,000 Rand each from SABA and GR. It is the nature of legal proceedings the world over that they take months and years before making their rulings…….

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The Institute is dedicated to raising service standards by broadly disseminating the mindset and superior service expertise of that time-honored, quintessential service provider, the British Butler, updated with modern people skills, and adapted to the needs of modern employers and guests in staffed homes, luxury hotels, resorts, spas, retirement communities, jets, yachts & cruise ships around the world. Contact us for all your training needs via email at enquiries@modernbutlers.com or via telephone: USA 1-813- 354-2734. We invite you to also visit our website www.modernbutlers.com for more information.

Please email the editor of The Modern Butler’s Journal at newsletter@modernbutlers.com with any article ideas, concerns, comments, or suggestions.

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The Modern Butlers’ Journal, August 2021


Message from the Chairman

by Steven Ferry

Steven Ferry

As we survey the broad vista of humanity in action today, we see more strife and discord than is healthy for a single species to be entertaining within itself. There is, after all, only one set of humans and it makes no sense for it to be threatening its own survival by fighting itself with quite such deep fervor and conviction. It is not generally known that as a group, we humans have 30 rights as created in 1948 by the United Nations, and the 30th of these says that our rights cannot be taken away by anyone for any reason. It is an observable fact that…

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Butlers in the Media

by Steven Ferry

A well-written and interesting article by a butlerphile on the case of the disappearing butler in books, films, and TV series—with a few ideas offered to explain this observation. One intriguing piece of equipment: a «butler pan used to collect crumbs and ashes from the table.» This one made in Japan of porcelain...

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Letters to the Editor

As was the case in the July issue, several subjects were brought up this month:

«Thank you. I so needed this this week.» LT (Regarding last month’s message from the Chairman)

«Please request (…) Ms. Yang Lin to contact me with regards to her letter about SABA. I am currently working on Cunard Line as [deleted] where Mr. Cross has claimed he worked as a Butler. I may have more information that might assist her in her case»…

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The Wisdom of Butlers Past, Part 51: Having Sufficient Silver & China

by Steven Ferry

One problem butlers ran into was not having enough silverware and plates, and so they had to remove them from the table as quickly as possible once used. They were washed and then presented again for the next course. Advice offered by one employer was to set up a maid outside the dining room with a bowl of hot water to wash the items and cold water to rinse them—and so avoid the time of taking dirty items all the way to the scullery by the kitchen. Anyone who can afford a butler these days, of course…

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Let’s Talk Mixology, Part 70: Watermelon Cooler

by Amer A. Vargas

With the sun heating up and hitting us hard in the Northern hemisphere, it’s a good idea to stay cool in the shade while, of course, enjoying a refreshing cocktail! On this occasion we suggest a non-alcoholic mix that will delight all ages throughout the year, although during the summer season it is even more pleasing. The Watermelon Cooler is very simple to prepare, as you are about to see. These are the ingredients you will need for 2 servings…

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My Butler Julius: Clean Shaven or Whiskers

by Butler Julius

My views on this may raise an eyebrow from our wonderful editor of this monthly newsletter, so I apologize in advance, the subject being, «Should male private staff and especially butlers be clean shaven or allow themselves to have a little facial hair?» One can argue the merits of hygiene when serving food and cleanliness when considering the bewhiskered over the shaven. Should it be a matter of personal choice or is it up to the principal to decide? I have known staff who reluctantly have shaved their prized…

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Paying Attention to Details

Because one image can say more than a thousand words, click on «read more» to find out how good (or not so good) someone’s attention to detail can be, and be left speechless…

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Care of Leather Goods, Part 10: General Care of Leather 2

by Steven Ferry

Steven Ferry

After each use, wipe leather products with a cloth dampened with water (soap often contains chemicals that degrade leather) to remove abrasive particles such as dust that are a leading cause of wear and tear. While shoes can be returned to their proper shape by the use of shoe trees, the same cannot be said of other leather products, such as bags and jackets. So for clothing, hang the item after wearing and let it fall naturally by doing up any zippers or buttons. For bags, wallets, etc…

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Coming Soon… Online Hospitality Butler Course!

by Amer A. Vargas

IIMB

Being a butler is not just a profession. Some say it’s almost an art; it’s definitely a philosophy and a way of life.

Whether your company be a hotel, a resort, a cruise ship, rental villas or time-share properties, if you require training of your butlers, the new IIMB Online Hospitality Butler Course could help improve your butler team’s skills. The course provides a deeper look into the butler’s soft skills, including how to manage themselves as a true butler would. It teaches butlers new and old skills such as the right demeanor, the proper communication, the way to approach service, the butler’s Etiquette & Protocols and even how excellent butlers expertly handle very difficult situations with their guests…

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Creative Corner

ft. Rick Finck & Kobi Gutman

We are expanding this monthly column to include other butlers who, not surprisingly, given the level of creativity the position requires, enjoy skills in the fine arts. If you, or any butler you know, are a creative artist in no matter what genre, please feel free to submit your/their works to the editor of the Modern Butlers’ Journal. This month we include creations by Mr. Rick Fink and Mr. Kobi Gutman…….

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The Institute is dedicated to raising service standards by broadly disseminating the mindset and superior service expertise of that time-honored, quintessential service provider, the British Butler, updated with modern people skills, and adapted to the needs of modern employers and guests in staffed homes, luxury hotels, resorts, spas, retirement communities, jets, yachts & cruise ships around the world. Contact us for all your training needs via email at enquiries@modernbutlers.com or via telephone: USA 1-813- 354-2734. We invite you to also visit our website www.modernbutlers.com for more information.

Please email the editor of The Modern Butler’s Journal at newsletter@modernbutlers.com with any article ideas, concerns, comments, or suggestions.

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The Modern Butlers’ Journal, July 2021


Message from the Chairman

by Steven Ferry

Steven Ferry

When one is confronted by other people, such as employers, colleagues, family members, or even an entire environment, that are hostile to one’s general welfare and success, the feeling of helplessness and despondency can be overwhelming. This is certainly something one can experience as a butler in the workplace and, these days, even in life in general. It helps to know that there is something one can do about it. Simply find one little thing one can do toward that hostile person or environment to push back…

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Butlers in the Media

by Steven Ferry

A welcome change for the butler profession to be in the background again in the media—just one mention of butlers this past month, and this applying to bathroom accessories that some bright spark decided to call a Bathroom Butler...

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Letters to the Editor

Several subjects were brought up this month:

«It is always so exciting to see the monthly newsletter in my inbox. First, I wanted to congratulate you and your colleagues on the fantastic news regarding the Alliance of Professional Butler Trainers. By adding merit to the continuous efforts to advance the skillset of the Modern Butler, it ensures great service to the Principals—I applaud all of the parties involved. «Some of your personal attributes…

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The Wisdom of Butlers Past, Part 50: Serving Different Courses

by Steven Ferry

When food was plated by the chef, the person bringing the food had to know who the dish was for, place the cloche or cover over the food, place these on his tray, and then take them to the dining room, where he made sure the right person received the food intended for him or her, and without lifting the cloches. The butler and assistant removed the cloches and gave them to the junior staff to take back down to the kitchen. A typical meal was a choice of two soups, at which time, beer, water, and bread were also served; followed by a choice…

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Let’s Talk Mixology, Part 69: Pink Squirrel

by Amer A. Vargas

Already we’re well into summer and with many flowers in full bloom, it’s time for another delicious cocktail! On this occasion, we present the Pink Squirrel,  a cocktail that used to be very popular in the 50’s and 60’s. It works very well both as a dessert (for adults only, of course, since it contains alcohol; although a mocktail version is also very easy to produce, as you are about to see), as well as a worthy accompaniment to sweets or as a stand-alone. These are the ingredients you will need to make the Pink Squirrel, for 2 servings…

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My Butler Julius: Rewards of Service

by Butler Julius

Many of us who have been in service for a number of years will have received gestures of thanks ranging from cash to even cars and property. It has to be said, the larger tokens of thanks only happen in very rare circumstances. To the outside world, the perception is that the staff of the ultra-wealthy are showered with gifts, but this is far from the reality, as the very wealthy often can be very careful with their money. Those entering domestic service hoping to enjoy such spoils are quickly disappointed. In my experience, anyone providings…

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Paying Attention to Details

Because one image can say more than a thousand words, click on «read more» to find out how good (or not so good) someone’s attention to detail can be, and be left speechless…

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Care of Leather Goods, Part 9: General Care of Leather 1

by Steven Ferry

Steven Ferry

Leather is alive and needs to breathe, meaning it should not be stored in bags or containers that do not allow access to air. Cloth bags for shoes or handbags work fine. When leather is exposed to the human body, particularly with shoes, the heat and moisture transfer from the person to the leather. This moisture should be allowed to evaporate before placing in any enclosed space to avoid mold or mildew from developing. As soon as a shoe is removed, a shoe tree (cedar is best) should be inserted so that the leather can be straightened…

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Coming Soon… Online Hospitality Butler Course!

by Amer A. Vargas

IIMB

Being a butler is not just a profession. Some say it’s almost an art; it’s definitely a philosophy and a way of life.

Whether your company be a hotel, a resort, a cruise ship, rental villas or time-share properties, if you require training of your butlers, the new IIMB Online Hospitality Butler Course could help improve your butler team’s skills. The course provides a deeper look into the butler’s soft skills, including how to manage themselves as a true butler would. It teaches butlers new and old such skills as the right demeanor, the proper communication, the way to approach service, the butler’s Etiquette & Protocols and even how excellent butlers expertly handle very difficult situations with their guests…

Read more »


Creative Corner

ft. Rick Finck

We are expanding this monthly column to include other butlers who, not surprisingly, given the level of creativity the position requires, enjoy skills in the fine arts. If you, or any butler you know, are a creative artist in no matter what genre, please feel free to submit your/their works to the editor of the Modern Butlers’ Journal. Next month, we hope to include «The Butler who Paints,» and for this month, we have a wonderful surprise: a copy of the well-known painting, The Dancing Class, by Edgar Degas…….

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Recent Hospitality Graduates

In this issue we congratulate the butlers from the newly opened Ritz-Carlton Maldives Fari Island, trained by the Insitute’s Vice President for Asia, Mr. Budi Prihardjanto.

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In Their Words: How Those Trained by the Institute’s Trainers Feel about Their Experience

Feedback from the Food & Beverage Supervisor at the Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Island, one of the team members of the pre-opening team, about Mr. Prihardjanto’s recent training.

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The Institute is dedicated to raising service standards by broadly disseminating the mindset and superior service expertise of that time-honored, quintessential service provider, the British Butler, updated with modern people skills, and adapted to the needs of modern employers and guests in staffed homes, luxury hotels, resorts, spas, retirement communities, jets, yachts & cruise ships around the world. Contact us for all your training needs via email at enquiries@modernbutlers.com or via telephone: USA 1-813- 354-2734. We invite you to also visit our website www.modernbutlers.com for more information.

Please email the editor of The Modern Butler’s Journal at newsletter@modernbutlers.com with any article ideas, concerns, comments, or suggestions.

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The Modern Butlers’ Journal, June 2021


Message from the Chairman

by Steven Ferry

Steven Ferry

We are happy to announce that the International Butlers Day launched three days ago on the 28th of May, turned out to be a great success. (More data can be found on the International Butlers Day page elsewhere in this issue.)

Equally momentous is the launch of the Alliance of Professional Butler Trainers with a core of a dozen schools and trainers and more requesting to join. This really is a new beginning of stability and professionalism for our profession…

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Butlers in the Media

by Steven Ferry

Apart from the usual ex-butler dispensing his opinions publicly about the private affairs of the British royal family, there was really just one butler mention of note in the media—an examination of why New Yorkers, at least, are paying a lot more for their domestic staff—figures like $150,000 for nannies, not including bonuses are mentioned, and $200,000 for chefs.

It appears it is an employee’s market currently, given the shortage of qualified staff created in part by employers becoming increasingly picky about who they want to…

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Letters to the Editor

Regarding the South African Butler Academy court case:

«So, so very sad that so many students were blindly caught in this HOT MESS… and SABA is still tricking people. What a disgrace these people are.» C

Ed: You are quite right, it is a very sad state of affairs. Hopefully, the court will decide in a way that will put an end to this travesty. In the meantime, the Alliance

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The Wisdom of Butlers Past, Part 49: Dinner Procedure

by Steven Ferry

Continuing the recommended procedures for a formal dinner, by 6 pm, everything should be ready and it was time to warm the plates, heat the irons in the fire to keep the food warm; heat the water for the hot plates, fill bottles and cut-glass jugs with spring water (no running water from the municipality was used), prepare the drinks on the side table, as well as the bread, salad, cucumber, and cold meats—which were not pre-sliced, but required carving on request by the butler.

At 6:30 pm, the lamps and candles were lit in the dining room and…

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Let’s Talk Mixology, Part 68: Grilled Pineapple Mojito

by Amer A. Vargas

This month we will discover a Mojito variation that is both eye-catching and amazingly flavorful.

Created by Johnny Swet, bartender and co-owner of Jimmy at the James in the Soho neighborhood of New York, this cocktail adds the kick and aromas of grilled pineapple to a quality mojito, and brings about an extended cocktail experience for any mojito lover, as presented in liquors.com.

In Johnny’s own words, «Not only does grilled pineapple add a great visual element…

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My Butler Julius: In What Kind of Pot Should Tea Be Brewed?

by Butler Julius

I have been asked whilst serving afternoon tea, if there is any difference between using a porcelain tea pot and a silver one. The obvious answer is price; however, the complete answer is a little more complicated than that: Traditionally, tea was sourced from two countries—China and India.

Tea from China is more delicate and so is better suited to porcelain pots, as these are flavor-neutral and do not alter the taste, colour, or bouquet of the tea…

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Paying Attention to Details

Because one image can say more than a thousand words, click on «read more» to find out how good (or not so good) someone’s attention to detail can be, and be left speechless…

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Care of Leather Goods, Part 8: Waterproofing Leather

by Steven Ferry

Steven Ferry

Waterproofing over and above the use of wax polishes is generally not needed, as most leathers are already waterproofed. However, where the leather is often exposed to significant levels of moisture—rain, bodies of water, snow—then waterproofing can be applied to prevent the leather from becoming saturated.

This Mink oil shown is a good waterproofing agent; so is beeswax. Best to test the product in a less-visible area to see if it darkens the leather appreciably. It is quite likely to do so and this cannot be avoided except by testing another product that may darken less…

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Coming Soon… Online Hospitality Butler Course!

by Amer A. Vargas

IIMB

Being a butler is not just a profession. Some say it’s almost an art; it’s definitely a philosophy and a way of life.

Whether your company be a hotel, a resort, a cruise ship, rental villas or time-share properties, if you require training of your butlers, the new IIMB Online Hospitality Butler Course could help improve your butler team’s skills. The course provides a deeper look into the butler’s soft skills, including how to manage themselves as a true butler would. It teaches butlers new and old such skills as the right demeanor, the proper communication, the way to approach service, the butler’s Etiquette & Protocols and even how excellent butlers expertly handle very difficult situations with their guests…

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International Butlers’ Day

The first ever celebration of International Butlers’ Day was a great success, as butlers around the world made gestures, big and small, to acknowledge and celebrate the day set aside to recognize their unique profession.

It is heartening to see so many butlers applying their skills and caring for their employers and guests the world over. Even the Fiji Times ran an article on a local butler in honour of International Butler’s Day, creating the perception in the minds of our clients…….

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Creative Corner

ft. Kobi Gutman and Rick Fink

We are expanding this monthly column to include other butlers who, not surprisingly, given the level of creativity the position requires, enjoy skills in the fine arts. If you, or any butler you know, are a creative artist in no matter what genre, please feel free to submit your/their works to the editor of the Modern Butlers’ Journal.

Next month, we hope to include «The Butler who Paints,» and for this month, we have a wonderful surprise…….

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The Institute is dedicated to raising service standards by broadly disseminating the mindset and superior service expertise of that time-honored, quintessential service provider, the British Butler, updated with modern people skills, and adapted to the needs of modern employers and guests in staffed homes, luxury hotels, resorts, spas, retirement communities, jets, yachts & cruise ships around the world. Contact us for all your training needs via email at enquiries@modernbutlers.com or via telephone: USA 1-813- 354-2734. We invite you to also visit our website www.modernbutlers.com for more information.

Please email the editor of The Modern Butler’s Journal at newsletter@modernbutlers.com with any article ideas, concerns, comments, or suggestions.

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The Modern Butlers’ Journal, May 2021


Message from the Chairman

by Steven Ferry

Steven Ferry

We are happy to announce International Butlers Day for the 28th of May. The date was set and the day conceived by Ms. Josephine Ive of Magnums in Australia, to commemorate her father’s birthday—who was born on the 28th May, 1921 and worked all his life as a butler, starting as a footman, and then a valet before being promoted to butler. Ms. Ive is spearheading the organizing of the celebrations for the day and has put out an infographic toolkit to help you organize celebrating the day wherever you are around the world. There is even a nicely produced International Butler Times for your enjoyment and edification…

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Butlers in the Media

by Steven Ferry

The term Business Butler is the latest use of our profession to denote something of superior quality.

A very good article by Mr. Jim Grise looks at the relationship between a lack of a recognized educational path for our profession, and the need during job interviews felt by some in the profession to name-drop who they have worked for in order to assert their qualifications.

A positive article about the profession from one ex-royal butler…

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Letters to the Editor

Read letters from readers regarding, «That video shot in the Maldives», as well as about a previous article, «Of rice and forks», and then «SABA again».

«Great memories. I have since learned how to hold a camera still! I learned so much that day, not least of which; how to tie a proper bow tie. You can’t spend a day with Steven Ferry and not come away wiser and more knowledgeable.» Frank Mitchell

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The Wisdom of Butlers Past, Part 48: Recommended Table Laying

by Steven Ferry

What follows is a sort of checklist of things to do to prepare for a formal dinner of 14. Such as: place 8 salt cellars (no mention of pepper pots) and 6 water bottles on the table. On larger tables, placing a silver «epergne,» a centerpiece with a central bowl and between 2 and 8 smaller bowls and candleholders extending out from there. In these bowls were placed extra food, so guests could help themselves rather than having to pass the items to one another. They were also used to place side dishes, fruit, sweetmeats (i.e. sweets and chocolates), chips, dips, and other finger foods. Today, centerpieces are usually floral…

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Let’s Talk Mixology, Part 67: Spring Fruit Water

by Amer A. Vargas

We are now well into Spring, and life around us is blossoming with fragrances and colors… Why not match this with a colorful cocktail for-all-ages?

Cocktails don’t necessarily have to be overworked or complicated, nor contain alcohol if you are not in the mood for it.

So, on this occasion we will be brewing a very simple aromatized water…

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My Butler Julius

by Butler Julius

While watching the incredibly moving funeral of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh at St. George’s Chapel, I recalled the time I had the honour of Serving His Royal Highness at a private function. One particular memory of that day was when he was standing next to his son, HRH the Prince of Wales: both gentlemen looked absolutely immaculate in their Saville Row suits. However, when it came to the pocket square fold, they took a very different direction: the Duke with his customary presidential fold and the Prince with the traditional puff. As to which one has the most merit, a tailor once told me the secret is: the less contrived it looks, the better it is…

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Paying Attention to Details

Because one image can say more than a thousand words, click on «read more» to find out how good (or not so good) someone’s attention to detail can be, and be left speechless…

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Care of Leather Goods, Part 7: Conditioning Leather

by Steven Ferry

Steven Ferry

Leather should be conditioned occasionally (depending on how dry the climate is) to maintain its suppleness; or as a remedial action when the leather starts to dry and crack; and certainly when the item has been neglected. This is a two-step process that involves dusting the item first and then cleaning it with a gentle and natural cleaner without harsh chemicals. Then applying a conditioner made of natural oils (to soften, moisturize, and shine), butters (to condition), and waxes (to protect). Use a cloth or soft sponge to apply and a dry cloth to remove any excess. The oils will soak into the leather fibers, enhance…

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Special Notice: Update on SABA Court Case

  1. On 4 Aug 2020, student Ms. Lin Yang instituted a Combined Summons at the Cape Town High Court against South African Butler Academy Close Corporation, Butler Holdings (Pty) Ltd, Butler Training (Pty) Ltd, Guild Recruitment Close Corporation, Mr. Newton Hilton Cross, Mr. Willem Adriaan Coetzer.
  2. Instead of entering a plea, the defendants launched an interlocutory application requesting Ms. Lin Yang to put down half a million Rand as security deposit, arguing that she is not a South African citizen, she does not live in Cape Town…….

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The Institute is dedicated to raising service standards by broadly disseminating the mindset and superior service expertise of that time-honored, quintessential service provider, the British Butler, updated with modern people skills, and adapted to the needs of modern employers and guests in staffed homes, luxury hotels, resorts, spas, retirement communities, jets, yachts & cruise ships around the world. Contact us for all your training needs via email at enquiries@modernbutlers.com or via telephone: USA 1-813- 354-2734. We invite you to also visit our website www.modernbutlers.com for more information.

Please email the editor of The Modern Butler’s Journal at newsletter@modernbutlers.com with any article ideas, concerns, comments, or suggestions.

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The Modern Butlers’ Journal, April 2021


Message from the Chairman: Furore Over a Fork—And the Fork in the Road for the Modern Butlers

by Steven Ferry

Steven Ferry

A number of media outlets had a few words to say about an ex-butler for the British royal family who recently claimed: «Ladies and gentlemen, remember we always use a knife and fork or chopsticks to eat rice! We do not use our hands or fingers.”

The lesser problem here being the definition of «we,» for certainly truer words were never spoken about the modern British royal family or those of occidental cultures, but what about earlier times, and what about the rest of the world?…

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Butlers in the Media

by Steven Ferry

Other than the «rice and fork versus fingers» fracas (see Message from the Chairman), it has been a quiet month for butlers in the media.

So this might be a good time to report on an interesting interchange amongst butlers concerning a short video I shot in 2007, and which the Director of Training at The American Butler School unearthed and put on LinkedIn recently…

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Letters to the Editor

«»Regarding the South African school and how displeased the students are with the behaviour there, it is a sad, sad thing when students spend their own money and someone just robs them of it. I myself am unhappy to see that such trainers can start training when basically they are unfit to take on such a task. Standards are so important and need to be kept up all the time. I’m just so disappointed with the standards and it is good that you have spent a lot of time and energy in trying to see that these so-called trainers know about it. Thank you for what you are doing…

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The Wisdom of Butlers Past, Part 47: Serving at Table

by Steven Ferry

It seems that no checklists were in use, so things were often not done on time; nobody was drilled on their station/where to stand, or who would bring the sauce, etc., so again, things were not done or were done clumsily, the whole event being like some slapstick comedy as the wait staff fell over each other to see to requests by guests that should not have had to be made in the first place.

One word of advice was to lay only the silverware for that course, which is not what was done a century later, or indeed today, for formal dinners…

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Let’s Talk Mixology, Part 66: Chocolate Creme Cocktail

by Amer A. Vargas

With Easter round the corner, why not have fun with some chocolaty concoction? On this occasion we take a look at, and a sip of, the Creme Egg Cocktail.

The recipe of this month is based on the suggestions of cocktail expert Simon Difford from the famous Difford’s Guide. And as I mentioned above, chocolate will be present in this cocktail, together with other ingredients that will delight the palates of those who enjoy sweet and sugary drinks…

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My Butler Julius: Spring Cleaning

by My Butler Julius

For those of us living in the Northern hemisphere, it is the start of Spring, and for those of us in household service, this means one key thing: Deep cleaning and readying our principals’ property for the Summer, generally known as «spring cleaning.»

You may not be aware that this age-old tradition began in Persia (now Iran), signaling the beginning of the Persian New Year and is a custom still followed today. It is referred to as «shaking the house,’’ wherein everything in the dwelling is cleaned, from curtains to carpet…

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Paying Attention to Details

Because one image can say more than a thousand words, click on «read more» to find out how good (or not so good) someone’s attention to detail can be, and be left speechless…

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Care of Leather Goods, Part 6: Leather Products to Avoid

by Steven Ferry

Steven Ferry

Avoid leather-care products made in China as they generally use inferior ingredients and harsh chemicals or smelly animal fats as opposed to natural butters or oils.

Avoid spray products, such as waterproofing sprays, which likewise use ingredients that are not necessarily good for leathers and which are too imprecise in application, hitting other areas than the intended leather. Suede spray products are an exception but must be used in very well-ventilated areas as they are toxic…

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Creative Corner

featuring Kobi Gutman

In the continued quest to perfect his offerings to guests, Mr. Gutman presents a cheetah this month. This is what he says regarding this figure: «It is a single gift, as casting for multiple guests would be quite complex: The mold would need to be created in three sections and the resin then poured into the mold under the paw that is touching the ground—which is a very small hole for pouring a viscous liquid…

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The Institute is dedicated to raising service standards by broadly disseminating the mindset and superior service expertise of that time-honored, quintessential service provider, the British Butler, updated with modern people skills, and adapted to the needs of modern employers and guests in staffed homes, luxury hotels, resorts, spas, retirement communities, jets, yachts & cruise ships around the world. Contact us for all your training needs via email at enquiries@modernbutlers.com or via telephone: USA 1-813- 354-2734. We invite you to also visit our website www.modernbutlers.com for more information.

Please email the editor of The Modern Butler’s Journal at newsletter@modernbutlers.com with any article ideas, concerns, comments, or suggestions.

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The Modern Butlers’ Journal, March 2021


Message from the Chairman

by Steven Ferry

Steven Ferry

It is encouraging to see butler schools busy with on-line and in-person assignments as well as placement requests, and the butler world, whether in private service or hospitality, slowly starting to come back to life again.

It is also very encouraging to see the principals of many butler schools coming together to set the standards for butler training so that those who put their trust in the butler training profession are enabled…

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Butlers in the Media

by Steven Ferry

A quiet month for butlers in the media, with just one billing of a «Book Butler» who delivers books selected from a menu by hotel guests….

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Letters to the Editor

«Good morning, what a fun day when the newsletter arrives, it always includes fantastic information. Thank you for keeping the reading public abreast of all the good and not so good (SABA) literature. In actuality, I love a whistleblower who has the courage and integrity to stand for many people in a similar situation. Your new photograph as well as your beautiful wife are a really pleasant addition. The newsletter is one of my favorite things to read. It always delivers knowledge, humor, and I always learn something new. What a talented group of professionals!…

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The Wisdom of Butlers Past, Part 46: Professional Events Require Trained and Drilled Staff

by Steven Ferry

Another area of trouble was lack of training and drilling, the example given starting with an uneducated butler being assisted by uneducated waiters drawn from the stable hands and the hall boy, as well as two experienced footmen attached to the guests but who were not shown the ropes before the dinner started. All this in order to provide a good ratio of waiters to guests (in the example given, 6 staff for 14 guests).

The answer to such was to know the skills of each helper ahead of time and to show them the ropes as much as possible…

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Let’s Talk Mixology, Part 65: Cherry Blossom Cocktail

by Amer A. Vargas

Spring is around the corner (in the Northern hemisphere, of course)!

The snow and rainy season is about to finish and the new season will bring us the full beauty of mother nature’s colors with all her blossoming trees, plants and flowers… Isn’t that a good reason to celebrate?

So why not welcome Spring with a cocktail that evokes the season?…

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My Butler Julius: Being of Service

by My Butler Julius

Some of us come to this wonderful profession of butler late in life and some much earlier, entering through different routes such as a butler school or working in a hotel. The one common factor we all share is the wish to be of service. Being a butler can involve personal sacrifice—I have no doubt all of us can recall numerous times we have missed family gatherings and anniversaries in order to service our principals and their guests. We take this in our stride because our reward comes in the satisfaction of knowing we…

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Paying Attention to Details

Because one image can say more than a thousand words, click on «read more» to find out how good (or not so good) someone’s attention to detail can be, and be left speechless…

..

 

Read more »


 

Care of Leather Goods, Part 5: Different Kinds of Polishes

by Steven Ferry

Steven Ferry

Wax is the most common polish for shoes and allows a shine to be created while adding layers that increase the leather’s water resistance; it also adds a small amount of moisture that helps keep the leather supple and free from cracks to some extent.

To ensure the leather is conditioned with sufficient moisture, especially in dry climates or where leathers are used often, apply creams (i.e. Meltonian, Kelley’s, Moneysworth & Best)…

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Special Notice: SABA

An unseemly public spectacle is unfolding between the South African Butler Academy (SABA) and many of its graduates and ex-students which, as more information keeps appearing, is sufficiently egregious that the butler training community is sitting up in alarm, as letters to this editor continue to make plain.

It is worth pointing out that SABA is confusing the issue by lashing out at third parties who dare question their actions, statements, or status…….

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Scholarship Update

We are happy to report that the lady who was awarded a partial scholarship as organized by Mr. Jim Grise and supported by several people in the domestic services industry, has already started on the course. In her own words:

«The course is going well—I am enjoying the content and the first module completion date is the 23rd of February…….

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Placement and Job Vacancies: Temporary Butler Assignment

The assignment is for 12-20 March on the Big Island of Hawaii. Friendly, not formal service required for a family of 4; a top chef is also being flown in and a butler is needed to help serve about 10 meals total during this time period, as the family will not spend much time at the house. $3,500 USD, plus ticket and nice accommodations provided. Potential for multiple further assignments with the same client…….

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Creative Corner

featuring Kobi Gutman

In the continued quest to perfect his offerings to guests, Mr. Gutman presents a horse this month. As he says, «You have to make a horse every now and then, you know! I’ll try to cast this one. The last two horses I tried to cast didn’t work out that well, so crossing fingers.»

A few days later, he sent photographs of the cast—a success!

This is a butler with zero background in sculpting who, if you compare…

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The Institute is dedicated to raising service standards by broadly disseminating the mindset and superior service expertise of that time-honored, quintessential service provider, the British Butler, updated with modern people skills, and adapted to the needs of modern employers and guests in staffed homes, luxury hotels, resorts, spas, retirement communities, jets, yachts & cruise ships around the world. Contact us for all your training needs via email at enquiries@modernbutlers.com or via telephone: USA 1-813- 354-2734. We invite you to also visit our website www.modernbutlers.com for more information.

Please email the editor of The Modern Butler’s Journal at newsletter@modernbutlers.com with any article ideas, concerns, comments, or suggestions.