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Working As A Catering Assistant

  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $33,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Catering Assistant Do

Food preparation workers perform many routine tasks under the direction of cooks, chefs, or food service managers. Food preparation workers prepare cold foods, slice meat, peel and cut vegetables, brew coffee or tea, and perform many other food service tasks. 

Duties

Food preparation workers typically do the following:

  • Clean and sanitize work areas, equipment, utensils, and dishes
  • Weigh or measure ingredients, such as meats and liquids
  • Prepare fruit and vegetables for cooking
  • Cut meats, poultry, and seafood and prepare them for cooking
  • Mix ingredients for salads
  • Store food in designated containers and storage areas to prevent spoilage
  • Take and record the temperature of food and food storage areas
  • Place food trays over food warmers for immediate service

Food preparation workers perform routine, repetitive tasks under the direction of cooks, chefs, or food service managers. To help cooks and other kitchen staff, they prepare ingredients for dishes by slicing and dicing vegetables and by making salads and cold food items. Other common duties include keeping salad bars and buffet tables stocked and clean.

Food preparation workers retrieve pots and pans, clean and store kitchen equipment, and unload and store food supplies. When needed, they retrieve food and equipment for cooks and chefs. In some kitchens, food preparation workers use a variety of commercial kitchen equipment, such as commercial dishwashers, blenders, slicers, or grinders.

In restaurants, workers stock and use soda machines, coffeemakers, and espresso machines to prepare beverages for customers. In fast-food restaurants, food preparation workers may take customer orders and process payments.

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How To Become A Catering Assistant

Food preparation workers typically learn their skills through on-the-job training. No formal education or previous work experience is required.

Education

There are no formal education requirements for becoming a food preparation worker.

Training

Most food preparation workers learn their skills through short-term on-the-job training, usually lasting several weeks. Trainees typically start by working under the supervision of an experienced worker, who teaches them basic kitchen duties. Training also may include basic sanitation and workplace safety regulations, as well as instructions on how to handle and prepare food.

Important Qualities

Dexterity. Food preparation workers chop vegetables, cut meat, and perform many other tasks with sharp knives. They must have the ability to work quickly and safely with sharp objects.

Listening skills. Food preparation workers must understand customers’ orders and follow directions from cooks, chefs, or food service managers.

Physical stamina. Food preparation workers stand on their feet for long periods while they prepare food, clean work areas, or lift heavy pots from the stove.

Physical strength. Food preparation workers should be strong enough to lift and carry heavy food supply boxes, which often can weigh up to 50 pounds.

Advancement

Advancement opportunities for food preparation workers depend on their training and work experience. Many food preparation workers advance to assistant or line cook positions as they learn basic cooking skills.

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Average Length of Employment
Chef/Catering 2.9 years
Restaurant Server 2.4 years
Food Server 2.4 years
Waitstaff 2.2 years
Caterer 2.2 years
Caterer/Server 2.1 years
Catering Assistant 2.0 years
Catering Staff 1.9 years
Catering Associate 1.9 years
Bar Attendant 1.5 years
Kitchen Staff 1.4 years
Food Runner 1.4 years
Top Careers Before Catering Assistant
Cashier 16.3%
Server 8.1%
Internship 6.5%
Waitress 3.8%
Volunteer 3.6%
Assistant 3.6%
Hostess 3.5%
Cook 3.2%
Manager 2.6%
Line Cook 2.3%
Barista 2.1%
Top Careers After Catering Assistant
Cashier 13.9%
Server 10.4%
Internship 5.8%
Cook 4.0%
Hostess 3.6%
Assistant 3.5%
Volunteer 3.2%
Waitress 3.2%
Manager 2.5%
Line Cook 2.4%

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Catering Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

60.2%

Male

29.0%

Unknown

10.8%
Ethnicity

White

61.8%

Hispanic or Latino

16.2%

Black or African American

12.1%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.0%

French

9.0%

Italian

4.1%

German

3.2%

Russian

2.6%

Chinese

2.6%

Korean

2.3%

Japanese

2.3%

Mandarin

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%

Hindi

1.4%

Portuguese

1.4%

Greek

1.2%

Cantonese

0.9%

Tagalog

0.6%

Hmong

0.6%

Carrier

0.6%

Polish

0.6%

Swedish

0.3%

Turkish

0.3%
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Catering Assistant Education

Schools

Johnson & Wales University

15.2%

University of Phoenix

10.5%

The Academy

6.0%

Arizona State University

5.7%

University of Central Florida

4.5%

University of North Texas

4.5%

Georgia State University

4.5%

Houston Community College

4.3%

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts

4.3%

Central Piedmont Community College

4.1%

Culinary Institute of America

3.9%

James Madison University

3.7%

Kennesaw State University

3.7%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.7%

University of Mississippi

3.7%

Purdue University

3.7%

University of Missouri - Columbia

3.5%

University of Houston

3.5%

Florida State University

3.5%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

3.5%
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Majors

Business

20.5%

Culinary Arts

9.7%

Psychology

7.2%

Hospitality Management

7.2%

Health Care Administration

6.0%

Criminal Justice

5.7%

Communication

5.7%

Nursing

4.0%

General Studies

3.6%

Marketing

3.6%

Medical Assisting Services

3.3%

Management

3.2%

Liberal Arts

3.1%

Accounting

3.0%

English

2.9%

Biology

2.6%

Kinesiology

2.3%

Graphic Design

2.1%

Sociology

2.1%

Political Science

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.5%

Other

31.4%

Associate

15.0%

Certificate

5.2%

Masters

4.3%

Diploma

1.9%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Catering Assistant

  1. Food Safety
  2. Customer Service
  3. Special Events
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Followed food safety procedures according to company policies and health and sanitation regulations.
  • Maintained dietary guidelines while providing a nurturing customer service environment for each patient.
  • Traveled nationwide for special events regularly.
  • Conducted daily inspections and maintained food sanitation and kitchen equipment safety reports.
  • Contributed to food delivery and sorting inventory.

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