Victoria Whataburger crew among 21 teams to reach WhataGames


March 21, 2013 at 6:01 p.m.
Updated March 21, 2013 at 10:22 p.m.

One Victoria fast-food team will soon get the chance to prove it's got what it takes to flip burgers with the best of them.

The crew at Whataburger Unit 175, 4302 N. Navarro St., is among 21 finalists for the company's three-day "WhataGames" event, according to a Whataburger news release.

Victoria's team beat more than 700 restaurants in 10 states for the spot, according to the release, and qualified after proving their skills during a series of elimination rounds.

The 13-person team will battle it out during April's three-day finals at Dallas' Hilton Anatole Hotel, competing in three categories: operations, corporate history and customer service.

Deborah Williams, general manager at the Victoria location, said her staff plans to train daily so they're on their A-game. That includes not only studying but also working to keep each customer satisfied.

"We have to work as a team to deliver the brand," she said. "I'm very excited. Very, very excited."

The 2013 games will be Whataburger's ninth competition, and it gets more exciting each year, Clifton Rutledge, chief operating officer of Whataburger Restaurants LLC, said in the release.

"These 21 finalist teams have worked so hard to get here, and I congratulate them on this achievement; however, I know they have a lot of serious competition waiting on them at the upcoming WhataGame Finals," he said. "It's so much fun to see the teams rally together when the stakes are this high."

Each member of the gold medal-winning team receives $5,000, according to the release, while each silver medal team member receives $2,500 and bronze winners get $1,000. The winning restaurants' other employees - those who didn't compete - receive 10 percent of the finalist prize amount.

As for Williams, she said she expects the Victoria team to go home with the gold. Regardless, she said, getting to the finals is an honor in itself.

"It's really a great accomplishment to get to make it as far as we did," she said. "I'm really proud for me and my team for going above and beyond."



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