A catering job is definitely one of the most demanding but also one of the most rewarding career paths you can undertake, as you work tirelessly to perfect your skills and ensure those you are serving or cooking for receive only the best experience.
If you have been considering taking on a role in the catering industry, then here’s what you need to get started:
You will need
- A passion for all things food
- Strong communication skills and the ability to work closely in a team
- Creativity when it comes to food presentation
- High cleanliness and hygiene standards
You will also need…
The right training
It’s important before you start applying for jobs that you have the right qualifications required for the role and this requirement can vary greatly depending on what aspect of the catering industry you want to work in. For example, if you want to become a chef you will need to enroll in a college course or at a cooking school to obtain at least a Level 1 Diploma in Professional Cookery and perhaps go on to achieve a Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering. These courses can be taken on part or full time depending on your preferences.
To gain experience
Practice makes perfect when it comes to working in the catering industry, so it’s important you dedicate time to honing your skills and gaining experience wherever you can. Spending time in a restaurant kitchen can help with this and apprenticeships are available that allow you to train on the job, putting your practical skills to good use.
Be prepared to start at the bottom
To begin your catering career path, you must start at the bottom and work your way up from there, either working as an assistant chef moving round the stations to develop your knowledge in each skill or as a waitress learning the ropes when it comes to covering tables and ensuring customers are happy. Further training and enthusiasm will ensure you climb the ranks and develop your role in the industry.
Ensure there is training on the job
Your initial qualifications won’t be enough, which is why it’s important to check that wherever you land a catering job that they offer on the job training with encouragement to obtain qualifications and certification of Level 3 and above.
When it comes to entering the catering industry it’s important you are passionate, have the time and resources to train properly for the role you want and can commit to the long hours and hard work required. However, it’s one of the most rewarding careers you can experience so sharpen those vegetable knives and enjoy the ride!