Food service workers work in a lot of settings including hotels, restaurants, and hospitals.
Their primary work is to prepare food items so that cooks and chefs can use them to create delicious dishes according to set menus.
They are also responsible for handling food storage duties and making sure that the kitchen area is cleaned and sanitized properly.
In some environments, such as small restaurant businesses, food service workers also work at cash registers, so they need to be very good in cash handling as well. Ability to provide exceptional customer services, maintain food quality standards and ensure that complaints are appropriately handled is critical in this role.
Being eligible for a food service worker position requires one to possess a high school diploma at the very least. Prior food preparation experience counts.
If you have worked in a hospital kitchen previously but would now like to work in a restaurant kitchen, this experience will be worthy, as the work is more or less the same.
It is imperative for food service workers to possess exceptional customer dealing skills because they do not only prepare food items but are also responsible for serving them to customers or patients. Cleaning and sanitizing is a major duty of food service workers so that they can keep up with food quality and service standards.
• Prepare food items including fruits, vegetables, and meats but chopping and cutting them.
• Semi-cook dishes according to set recipes and ensure that they are stored away for use by the cook.
• Wash meats, fruits, lentils, and vegetables to clean them and store them away in refrigerators and pantry areas.
• Weigh and measure ingredients to ensure that they conform to the instructions provided.
• Keep the record of supplies and ensure that any missing or insufficient ingredients are procured in a timely manner.
• Mix ingredients for salads and dips and ensure that their presentation is pleasant to look at.
• Portion dishes properly and carry them to the front-end to deliver them to waiters or directly to patients or customers.
• Load dishes in the dishwasher and make sure that they are properly stored away once cleaned.
• Remove and dispose of trash properly and sanitize trash bins on a regular basis.
• Perform preventative and general maintenance on ovens, grills and other kitchen equipment.
• Clean and sanitize kitchen floors and counters following company policies and procedures.