Careers in Hospitality & Cookery
As a Waiter or Waitress you'll be busy looking after the needs of diners in restaurants, clubs, hotels and cafes. You'll explain the menu, take orders, serve food and drinks and anticipate your client’s needs. Clearing tables, polishing cutlery and assisting in the restocking of food and drinks is also part of your everyday duties.
Preparing, serving and selling fresh food and drinks are the skills of a Food Counter Assistant. You'll also be answering questions from customers about the food on display, checking to ensure food is kept fresh and at a safe temperature, managing the till, weighing, pricing and packing orders and managing staff and work rosters.
As a Maitre D' you're responsible for the overall smooth running of a restaurant or café. You’ll greet customers as they arrive, organise their seating, introduce them to their waiter, and ensure their dining experience goes without a hitch. You’ll supervise the staff, check bills, order stock and organise the cleaning and closing of the restaurant each evening.
As a Chef you'll be busy preparing and cooking food in hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars. You also could be involved in designing, planning and pricing menus, training and supervising staff, buying food supplies and equipment, keeping records and keeping work areas clean and tidy.
Caterers manage and co-ordinate the preparation of food for functions or events. So you could help cook the food, meet with clients to plan the event, co-ordinate staff, organise seating and any additional equipment needed, packup after the event and do administrative tasks such as billing.