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To make it in the catering industry, you’re going to need to be passionate about food. Catering is all about preparing and serving food to customers. Obviously, the food that you serve needs to be nice enough to keep the customers happy - while not taking forever to make. The catering industry is always looking for passionate individuals who can think practically about the best ways to serve customers.
The catering industry covers everything, from the fanciest restaurant in town to providing large amounts of pre-prepared food for weddings, parties and events. You might be working as the head chef, crafting menus and food to fit the style and price-range of your customer base, or you might be a manager taking care of prices and your employees’ salaries. It’s a diverse business with roles available for anyone who is passionate about food.
Hours can be variable. One restaurant may only be open from lunchtime to the evening, while another may be operating for twenty-four hours, seven days a week. Events catering can require working until the early hours of the morning, and will quite often involve working during weekends. The hours you work will entirely depend on the type of restaurant or catering business you work for.
The plus side is that catering jobs are available everywhere around the world, so there’s plenty of opportunity to find work somewhere new and exciting. You’ll also find a lot of satisfaction in the happy faces of the customers who get to eat the food your company provides!
You’ll need some experience to get into the more senior positions in the catering industry, so you’ll be starting with junior positions. But with dedication and hard work, you’ll be able to work your way up through the industry until you’re a head chef or a restaurant manager. Who knows, maybe one day you’ll open your own restaurant.