Waiter to the Rich and Shameless: Confessions of a Five-Star Beverly Hills Server

By Paul Hartford

Biography & memoir | eBook


A down-and-out musician chops off his hair to become a server at the top of the Hollywood food chain, discovering a cloistered world of money, fame, bad behavior and intrigue. Waiter to the Rich and Shameless is not just a peek into the secretive inner workings of a legendary 5-star restaurant; it is not just a celebrity tell-all or a scathing corporate analysis. It is a top-tier waiter's personal coming-of-age story, an intimate look into the complicated challenges of serving in the country's most elite, Hollywood-centric dining room while fighting to maintain a sense of self and purpose.



Paul Hartford's work experience includes over seventeen years in the high-profile service industry, catering to topline clients in various exclusive establishments. Before his decade of service in the iconic Cricket Room, he worked in the executive dining room of a major Hollywood movie studio and spent several years as a bartender in an elite downtown nightclub. His service career started when, as a seventeen year-old he managed to con his way into a waiter position at the Holiday Inn near Wellesley, MA by posing as an eighteen year-old. Later, as a waiter at the infamous Division Sixteen in Boston, he had to help carry Steven Tyler out of the bathroom where he had shot up and was too high to open the door or walk out on his own. This was during the time when Tyler and Joe Perry were supposedly sober and hosting alcohol-related public service announcements on local TV stations. Later in Boston, Hartford was the head waiter at the ever-trendy 29 Newbury. He is also a noted musician and vocalist who has performed in Europe, Asia and America. He has written over 100 songs and has licensing deals with several TV shows. When he was first signed to a music production company in Miami, he had to supplement his income by working at the Village Inn where he remembers serving customers such as Andy Garcia and Kelly MacGillis. After moving to Los Angeles Paul struggled through the music business, shuffling between various restaurants jobs until he finally decided to chop off his hair, throw in the towel and try out for a career waiter job at one of the most prestigious and infamous restaurants in all of Beverly Hills. The rest is in his new memoir appropriately entitled "Waiter to the Rich and Shameless." Paul is currently writing his second screenplay as well as a pilot based on his book, "Waiter to the Rich and Shameless."


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Paul Hartford's work experience includes over seventeen years in the high-profile service industry, catering to topline clients in various exclusive establishments. Before his decade of service in the iconic Cricket Room, he worked in the executive dining room of a major Hollywood movie studio and spent several years as a bartender in an elite downtown nightclub. His service career started ...


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#1 Bestseller in Pop-Culture on Amazon

7 July

Since March of 20015 Paul Hartford's tell-all eBook " Waiter to the Rich and Shameless" has been a #1 Bestseller in the Pop-Culture category continuously. Thousands upon thousands of readers have bought the book and many readers have left shining reviews on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QXA0TX4 Paul: When I first decided to release the book I didn't expect anyone would ever see it, let alone actually purchase my memoir. Since it's release 6 months ago I have gained 1300 friends on FB and numerous followers on Twitter. So many of my readers are encouraging me to keep writing and showing their love and support for me and the book, I'm astonished and feel blessed! The daily mail reached out to me (Paul) a few months ago and did a piece that was well received. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-3090964/2-500-tips-Johnny-Depp-chefs-wipe-floors-steaks-solo-travellers-best-service-Shocking-confessions-five-star-waiter.html#ixzz3an1TNmGH A famous radio morning show in San Diego CA did a piece that was funny as he**. http://m.kogo.com/onair/morning-news-55380/a-tellall-book-about-waiting-on-13694782 All this with no agent or publicist, the growth has been totally organic and the truth is you really can do all of it yourself even if you keep a full time day-job on the side, maybe one day I'll quit my day-job and write full time, that would be a dream come true. Paul Hartford


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Since March of 20015 Paul Hartford's tell-all eBook " Waiter to the Rich and Shameless" has been a #1 Bestseller in the Pop-Culture category continuously. Thousands upon thousands of readers have bought the book and many readers have left shining reviews on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QXA0TX4 Paul: When I first decided to release the book I didn't expect anyone would ever see it, let alone actually purchase my memoir. Since it's release 6 months ago I have gained 1300 friends on FB and numerous followers on Twitter. So many of my readers are encouraging me to keep writing and showing their love and support for me and the book, I'm astonished and feel blessed! The daily mail reached out to me (Paul) a few months ago and did a piece that was well received. http://www.dailymail...


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