Do you have a passion for gourmet food and beverages?

Do you love working in a fast-paced environment?

Do you take pride in providing great customer service?

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This is the environment that food service managers work in every day!

But What Is A Food Service Manager?

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A food service manager is a person responsible for the day-to-day operations of a food service establishment.

They:

  • supervise preparation of food and beverages

  • assign work to servers

Where Can You Work As A Food Service Manager?

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Food service managers work in restaurants, hotels, school cafeterias, and other establishments where food is prepared and served.

Some food service managers who have a passion for cooking and a flair for management eventually open their own restaurant businesses.

What are the cons to being a food service worker?

  • You may often work evenings, weekends, and holidays

  • The work can be hectic

  • Dealing with dissatisfied customers can be stressful

What Are Your Duties As A Food Service Manager?

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  • Hire, train, oversee, and sometimes fire food service employees

  • Order food and beverages, equipment, and supplies

  • Oversee food preparation, portion sizes, and the overall presentation of food and drinks

  • Inspect supplies, equipment, and work areas

  • Ensure that employees comply with health and food safety standards

  • Address complaints regarding food quality or service

  • Schedule staff hours and assign duties

  • Manage budgets and payroll records

  • Establish standards for personnel performance and customer service

How Much Can I Expect To Earn?

USA national flag In the U.S, the average salary for a food service manager is $47,679 USD.

Flaticon Icon In Canada, the average salary for a food service manager is $50,105 CAD.

What Do I Need To Do To Become A Food Service Manager?

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  • High school diploma or GED

  • Bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management, food service management, or related field is preferred

  • Accreditation is advantageous (for more information, check the Official CIFS Food Handler Certification for Canada and The American National Accreditation Board for the US)

  • Proven experience working in the food service industry

  • Sound knowledge of labor laws as well as food health and safety regulations

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  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills

  • Outstanding leadership and management skills

  • Great communication and customer service skills

  • Attention to detail

  • The ability to stand for extended periods

Pick The Future Food Service Manager

Jessica

  • cartoon avatar An introverted-extrovert, needs time to unwind from lots of interactions

  • Self-motivated leader

  • Not interested in hygiene

Shaun

  • cartoon avatar Flexible in his day-to-day life

  • Strong communication and problem-solving skills

  • Very outgoing and patient

Tylor

  • cartoon avatar Can be shy when meeting people at first

  • Young and energetic

  • Sometimes rude and careless

Duke

  • cartoon avatar Strong leadership skills

  • Loves to eat gourmet food

  • Unable to stand for extended periods

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