10 Restaurant Positions & What They’re All About

Before considering a job in the restaurant industry, it is important to get familiar with the many different positions available at a restaurant. You may think a kitchen manager and a food and beverage manager are the same thing, but we beg to differ.

Here are 10 popular restaurant positions and the skills you must possess to succeed:    

  1. Executive Chef. Comes up with meal ideas for the menu, helps improve overall service and tailor the food concept according to restaurant needs, and takes care of all cooking processes including food preparation and how it is served.

Skills:

  • Culinary education or degree
  • Experience
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Proactiveness
  • Sous Chef. Assists the executive chef, and takes over from the executive chef when they are unable to perform.

Skills:

  • Culinary education or degree
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Kitchen Manager. Hiring and firing personnel, process management and optimization, and inventory management.

Skills:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Previous management experience
  • Food and Beverage Manager. Inventory management for both bar and kitchen products and supplies, monitoring whether the kitchen and bar are in compliance with local health codes and regulations, and defining overall working processes within the restaurant.

Skills:

  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Works well in a team
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Previous management experience
  • Sommelier. Purchasing wine, creating fine wine list, consulting customers or servers about the different types of wine and suggesting suitable pairings.

Skills:

  • Formal education
  • Previous experience
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Server. Taking food and drink orders and sending them to the kitchen and bar staff, and taking good personal care of all customers to enhance their experience.

Skills:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent memory
  • Quick and efficient
  • Previous experience
  • Happy, easy-going personality
  • Professional
  • Knowledgeable on all menu items
  • Runner. Get meals from the kitchen to the customers as soon as possible.

Skills:

  • Quick and efficient
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Bus Person. Cleaning and clearing tables, as well as table preparation prior to guest arrival.

Skills:

  • Quick and efficient
  • Team player
  • Host/Hostess. Greets customers and takes them to their tables, provides menus and assists with initial questions and drink orders.

Skills:

  • Highly organized
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Cheerful, easy-going personality
  1. Bartender. Taking drink orders and talking to customers who opt to sit at the bar rather than in the dining area.

Skills:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Previous experience preparing different types of drinks
  • Cheerful, easy-going personality
  • Professional attitude
  • Ability to work under pressure

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to find your next job! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android).

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