A food service worker may work as a waiter, waitress or bartender at a restaurant; they may or may not need a certificate or license. Some industries consider bussers and dishwashers to be food service workers. Food service workers can find employment in hospital, nursing home, or school, among many other institutions.
Serving food and drinks is usually the main responsibility for a food service worker. For example, a food service worker in a school cafeteria may serve food to a line of people from behind a buffet-style enclosure. Other responsibilities may include refilling condiments containers and other supplies, cleaning work stations, collecting the bill, and making change. In some instances, such as a food service worker in a high-end restaurant, choosing wine or explaining food preparation are expected of a food service worker. Many times, a food service worker also is expected to be able to execute proper table setting and napkin folding.
Food service workers are expected to be courteous to each other and to the guests or residents of their establishment. They must maintain a safe and sanitary working condition at all times. No minimum education requirements are usually in place, although some organizations may prefer or require a high school diploma or GED.
Food Service Worker Tasks
- Complete multiple cash and charge transactions.
- Serves retail food items.
- Prepares food orders.
- Works as short order cook.