Pietro Dell'Osa, 69, was a dab hand at serving delicious dishes to guests at the luxurious four-star Monkey Island Hotel.
He loved waiting on table - and even had the special honour of looking after the "top table" at weddings in the famous riverside retreat.
Although approaching his 70th birthday, Italian-born Mr Dell'Osa was popular with the other staff at the glamorous island-based hotel in the middle of the River Thames and even showed "new boys" the ropes.
But bosses at the plush hotel in Bray, Berkshire - also home to Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck restaurant and the Roux family's Waterside Inn - have called time on the 69-year-old's successful career.
Citing him as "too old" to be a waiter, managers dismissed Pietro in favour of younger, less experienced waiters.
However Mr Dell'Osa has challenged his former bosses at the 26-bedroom luxury hotel and sued them for age discrimination and constructive dismissal.
At a pre-hearing review of his case on Friday, an employment tribunal panel heard how the elderly waiter was claiming more than £100,000 pounds from the Monkey Island Hotel for taking away his job.
Tribunal Judge Robin Lewis told Mr Dell'Osa his total figure of £115,000 pounds was "a bit fanciful" and added that he he should expect "far less."
The silver-haired waiter said after the tribunal was adjourned for a two-day hearing in July: "They made my life very difficult because of my age and said my work was being discontinued."
He had worked at the quaint private hotel for five-and-a-half years but last September, he claimed, his 18-hours-a-week shift pattern was slashed, with his hours being given instead to three new foreign employees he had trained himself.
Bespectacled Mr Dell'Osa, from Harmondsworth, West London, represented himself at Friday's review hearing held in Reading, Berks.
"My official claim is for constructive unfair dismissal as I ended up resigning on November 5," he said after the hearing was adjourned.
"They were underpaying my hours and discriminating against me. I was made a victim all along and when I wanted to talk about it, the managers didn't listen."
Mr Dell'Osa, who is yet to find another job, told the tribunal he was planning to retire at the age of 72 years and believed he was a valuable worker.
"My hair may be as silver as my service, but I am not too geriatric to do the job properly," he said.
Mr Dell'Osa, who is married, came to Britain from Italy in 1961 and started 45-year-long career in the hotel industry.
He was the general manager of The Inn on The Lake hotel in Surrey and was a brand manager for Forte Hotels where he was responsible for 22 hotels.
"I loved my job and was very loyal and always went beyond the call of duty to ensure customer satisfaction.
"It was all second nature to me, but that is something that years of experiences teaches you."
The Monkey Island Hotel is set on a small tranquil island on the River Thames near Windsor, Berks., and has been entertaining guests since 1840.
Previously owned by the Duke of Marlborough, it boasts 26 luxurious rooms that cost around £150 pounds per night - with the plush Peacock Suite setting guests back a cool £190 pounds.
A spokesman said the hotel had no comment to make about Mr Dell'Osa's claims.
The two-day full employment tribunal hearing will take place in July.