Catering Assistant Career

Job Description: Perform a variety of food preparation duties other than cooking, such as preparing cold foods and shellfish, slicing meat, and brewing coffee or tea.

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Catering Assistant Career

What Catering Assistants do:

  • Store food in designated containers and storage areas to prevent spoilage.
  • Inform supervisors when equipment is not working properly and when food and supplies are getting low, and order needed items.
  • Clean and sanitize work areas, equipment, utensils, dishes, or silverware.
  • Carry food supplies, equipment, and utensils to and from storage and work areas.
  • Wash, peel, and cut various foods, such as fruits and vegetables, to prepare for cooking or serving.
  • Assist cooks and kitchen staff with various tasks as needed, and provide cooks with needed items.
  • Portion and wrap the food, or place it directly on plates for service to patrons.
  • Use manual or electric appliances to clean, peel, slice, and trim foods.
  • Receive and store food supplies, equipment, and utensils in refrigerators, cupboards, and other storage areas.
  • Prepare a variety of foods, such as meats, vegetables, desserts, according to customers' orders or supervisors' instructions, following approved procedures.
  • Weigh or measure ingredients.
  • Take and record temperature of food and food storage areas such as refrigerators and freezers.
  • Stir and strain soups and sauces.
  • Remove trash and clean kitchen garbage containers.
  • Place food trays over food warmers for immediate service, or store them in refrigerated storage cabinets.
  • Mix ingredients for green salads, molded fruit salads, vegetable salads, and pasta salads.
  • Make special dressings and sauces as condiments for sandwiches.
  • Keep records of the quantities of food used.
  • Cut, slice or grind meat, poultry, and seafood to prepare for cooking.
  • Scrape leftovers from dishes into garbage containers.
  • Stock cupboards and refrigerators, and tend salad bars and buffet meals.
  • Prepare and serve a variety of beverages such as coffee, tea, and soft drinks.
  • Package take-out foods or serve food to customers.
  • Vacuum dining area and sweep and mop kitchen floor.
  • Load dishes, glasses, and tableware into dishwashing machines.
  • Distribute food to waiters and waitresses to serve to customers.
  • Work on assembly lines adding cutlery, napkins, food, and other items to trays in hospitals, cafeterias, airline kitchens, and similar establishments.
  • Butcher and clean fowl, fish, poultry, and shellfish to prepare for cooking or serving.
  • Operate cash register, handle money, and give correct change.
  • Distribute menus to hospital patients, collect diet sheets, and deliver food trays and snacks to nursing units or directly to patients.

What work activities are most important?

Importance Activities

Performing General Physical Activities - Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Handling and Moving Objects - Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others - Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

Training and Teaching Others - Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People - Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.

Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Controlling Machines and Processes - Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

Coaching and Developing Others - Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.

Holland Code Chart for a Catering Assistant

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