Director of Catering Average Salary

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$36,860 - $83,631  
$150.00 - $20,000  
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$4,877 - $21,140  
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XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
$38,140 - $89,180  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 14 Feb 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 252

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Job Description for Director of Catering

A director of catering is a food preparation and service manager who typically works to serve larger groups. They supervise the creation of a menu and then oversees preparation, service, and cleanup. This person may supervise middle managers who run service or aspects of the kitchen as well. Typically, a company or organization employs a director of catering when they expect to host frequent large-scale meetings; these can be within the company, for example, or hosting prospective clients and customers. Hotels, corporations, and large non-profit organizations are typical employers of a catering director.

The director works closely with those in charge of the meeting to create a menu that can be served within an allotted time frame and takes any dietary needs into account. The catering director then is expected to execute food service, working with culinary personnel under his or her responsibility to make sure that preparation and service meets all standards. Additionally, catering directors typically have hiring responsibilities and must keep all meals within fairly strict budget guidelines.

To work as a director of catering, a person must typically have substantial experience both in kitchen work for large groups and on the service side as well. Because of the food cost analysis and manpower scheduling required, many companies prefer individuals who also have formal culinary training or a university degrees in hospitality management. Catering directors typically work daytime hours during the week, but events may require extended hours and even weekends depending on the employer.
Director of Catering Tasks
  • Manage logistics for catered event and ensure that the required equipment, personnel, and supplies are available when needed.
  • Oversee the set up and clean up of catered events.
  • Supervise on and off site preparation of food and the serving of food at the event.
  • Work with customers to plan and budget event food service.

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78 %
22 %
$35,241 - $65,544
$43,619 - $74,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 31 votes.
Less than 1 year
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