Particularly if you live in a port or important trade location, you may be able to find a well paid professional job in Catering. Catering is a large step up from waiting tables, bartending or bussing at a local restaurant, many of which can be described as greasy spoons. Catering is a classy, well-organized operation. Many times the serving staff wears impeccable white shirts and blouses, black trousers and vests, name badges and provide “tip-top” quality service. These professional caterers come to your place of business or professional activity like a conference, business building seminar or training workshop. They know their job well, allowing the firm to concentrate on the business at hand.
The catering team will serve glasses of bubbly on a tray, attending to the guests’ creature comforts. Smiling and energetic, they take it all in stride and know how to convert an irate guest into a pussycat. Catering teams provide a set menu of options for your budget allowances. These may include cold cuts, meats, cold specialty salads like potato salad, carrot and raisin salad, a salad bar, a selection of desserts and at least three main entrees. Most caterers provide a meat entrée, non-meat entrée like chicken or fish, and a vegetarian style option like baked eggplant with cheese or grilled mushrooms. The customer is always right, and caterers know how to get the job done! Not only do catering companies attend to businessmen. Every movie set has a catering company occupied with keeping the production staff and cast happily fed during the long hours of onsite filming.
To pursue a career in catering, you must have a business sense and be familiar with the kitchen. Maybe you are a good cook or have an interest in what looks best as a serving presentation. Catering staff must have an eye for detail. Supposing an entrée is not well cooked, or something looks wrong (like a bug in the garnish), the discreet server must have the ability to whisk away the plate immediately without causing any suspicion. This interesting and growing career vocation includes many professionals behind the scenes. Besides the food servers and bartenders who are on the front lines, the extent of support staff required can be surprising. A partial list includes – kitchen supervisor or manager, chef, butcher, baker, food scientist, wine cellar technician, vending machine control, delivery staff, sanitation, and many more.
A catering company that works for a school may need to verify through a nutritionist that the meals are sufficiently high enough in vitamins and minerals for children’s growth and concentration during the long and demanding school day. Some of the more attractive aspects of catering are that food service will always be in demand and that employment in this field does not require an advanced degree. Some specialized and managerial positions may require ongoing training courses sponsored by the employer or provided through a local college or university. Salary potential in this field is very good. Many catering firms require working on the weekends, but catering staff almost always receive free meal benefits and a complimentary uniform, further sweetening the pot.