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Waiter and cook to join firm, missing hotel opening (7)

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I believe the answer is:

steward

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Here is my best explanation:

'waiter' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'cook to join firm missing hotel opening' is the wordplay.
'cook' becomes 'stew' (stewing is a kind of cooking).
'to join' means one lot of letters go next to another.
'firm missing hotel opening' becomes 'ard' (I can't explain this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'stew'+'ard'='STEWARD'

'and' acts as a link.

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This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for steward that I've seen before include "Wed star (anag)", "Official at event", "Ship attendant", "Ship/aircraft attendant", "Cabin attendant", "Caretaker", "Administrator, manager, or waiter", "Airline host", "bailiff" and "race course official".)

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