- customer service skills
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to work well with others
- to enjoy working with other people
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to use your initiative
- business management skills
- the ability to work well with your hands
- excellent verbal communication skills
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Your day-to-day duties could include:
- supporting chefs in a specific work section
- washing, peeling and preparing food items
- using a variety of kitchen equipment such as mixers, special knives and cutters
- unloading deliveries
- organising the storeroom
- washing kitchen appliances, work surfaces, floors and walls
You may need to wear a uniform.
You could work in a factory, at a restaurant or in an NHS or private hospital.
Your working environment may be noisy and hot.
With experience and further training, you could become a trainee or junior chef.
You could also progress into management or move into bar work or food service.
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You can get more details about catering careers from the Hospitality Guild and CareerScope.