Preparing delicious foods is what most people look after. Many people and industries hire caterers or a catering service to help them out provide delectable foods for their clients’ guests in personal, special or corporate events.
As a caterer, it is their job to ensure that the food they serve is safe and delicious. The food may make or break a catering business. Caterers may work for themselves or be employed in restaurants and other food services.
- Caterers typically oversee the entire operation of the catering service. They are responsible for preparing, transporting and serving food for their clients. Although caterers doesn’t really need to be a chef, most of them still possess necessary skills in cooking, preparing and presenting food and is knowledgeable on various foods and cuisines.
- They also coordinate with vendors and suppliers where they get their ingredients and equipments needed for their food service.
- Caterers are also required to abide with the state’s regulations and standards regarding safety food handling and preparation. They make sure that the kitchen is clean, insect and hazard-free.
- They provide consultations and coordinate with their clients to determine when and where the services will be done, and what particular event do they have to prepare and service. They keep business records and draws contracts
- Basically, there are different types of caterings. Mobile or van catering, restaurant and individually-owned catering service. A mobile caterer provides service to the general public where food service is loaded in a van or cart. Caterers working for a restaurant, hotel or other food service are usually responsible for planning outside caterings while caterers who manage their own catering business often oversee the entire business, like designing menus and coordinating with vendors and staffs.
- Caterers also advertise their services and network with potential clients. They develop marketing campaigns and promotions.
Travelling is also a part of a caterer’s job. Their clients may ask them to travel to distances in order to provide food service. Cleaning utensils before and after service, lifting equipments and doing after-care once the event is done is just a typical day for caterers.
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