Cafeteria workers are responsible for a variety of food service-related tasks for their company, such as cleaning tables, taking customer orders, and responding to inquiries. These individuals must have excellent communication skills to work well with cafeteria staff and respond to customers' questions in a professional and helpful manner. They must be able to work well on a team, but also on their own with minimal supervision.
Some main responsibilities of cafeteria workers include service sanitation techniques and preparing and storing meats, dairy, produce, and other frozen foods. They also keep track of inventory, pick up and clean trays, deliver food to customers, keep cafeteria areas clean, and perform other cleaning tasks as required.
Cafeteria workers must be organized, pay close attention to detail, multitask with ease, and know how to operate registers and cafeteria equipment. They generally report their progress to their supervisor and participate in training tasks to increase efficiency and productivity. They should also be familiar with all proper food-handling techniques. A high school diploma is generally required for this position, and prior experience in a cafeteria setting is helpful.
Cafeteria Worker Tasks
Collect payment for items purchased.
Prepare food according to established procedures, following hygienic practices and ensuring correct temperatures.
Wash and clean area and equipment, including dishes, pots, and pans.
Serve customers standard portions of food, answering questions about ingredients, and preparation.
Place food, condiments and supplies in the appropriate locations.