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A Career in Catering?

Updated on March 12, 2011

Are you looking for a career that will allow you to utilize your passion for cooking and entertaining? If you enjoy preparing meals, planning events, and helping people celebrate special occasions, a catering career might be an excellent career option for you.

Whether you want to start your own catering business or if you'd prefer going to work for an existing catering company, you'll likely be pleasantly surprised to learn that there are many opportunities to enjoy success in this profession.

Job Duties

Employees who work for catering companies definitely do not have boring. Every event is different, so the tasks performed may vary greatly from one day to another. The duties of your job will be based on the particular type of position you hold with the catering company where you work.

If your job involves marketing or event planning, you may be involved in promoting the business, meeting with clients, brainstorming for event themes, providing price estimates, and securing contracts.

Those who work in meal preparation often have responsibilities for recipe selection, choosing supplies, purchasing, setting prices, cooking, testing, and more. Event staff personnel handle food set-up, decorations, serving, clean-up, and more.

Work Schedule

Because catering work is event oriented in nature, work schedules for individuals who hold positions in this field vary greatly. If your company primarily caters business events, there will be quite a lot of daytime work, providing meals for company meetings, training events, and other occasions. If your organization specializes in weddings, reunions, and other social occasions, there will be a great deal of evening and weekend work.

If you work for a company that handles all types of catering events, your schedule may include work at all hours on every day of the week. During busy weeks, it can be necessary to work long hours every day. During weeks when not many events are planned, however, the schedule is likely to be very light.

Training

If you're interested in working in the catering field, you'll want to learn everything you can about this business. There are formal training programs that can help prepare individuals who want to work in this field. If you're interested in seeking training to work in this profession, contact local community and career colleges and inquire about opportunities to study culinary arts or hospitality management.

Many catering companies hire servers and other workers for entry level positions, so you may be able to get an entry level job even without completing formal training. However, if you want the skills necessary to advance or to manage your own business, seeking career training in the field is certainly advisable.

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