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Become A Catering Manager

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Working As A Catering Manager

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Getting Information
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Repetitive

  • $58,810

    Average Salary

What Does A Catering Manager Do

A Catering Manager plans, organizes, and develops the food and beverage services of organizations and businesses. They work for variety of organizations, including hospitals, schools, factories, cruise ships, and hotel chains.

How To Become A Catering Manager

Most applicants qualify with a high school diploma and several years of work experience in the food service industry as a cook, waiter or waitress, or counter attendant. Some applicants have received additional training at a community college, technical or vocational school, culinary school, or 4-year college.


Although a bachelor’s degree is not required, some postsecondary education is increasingly preferred for many manager positions, especially at upscale restaurants and hotels. Some food service companies, hotels, and restaurant chains recruit management trainees from college hospitality or food service management programs. These programs may require the participants to work in internships and to have real-life food industry-related experiences in order to graduate.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degree programs in restaurant and hospitality management or institutional food service management. In addition, numerous community colleges, technical institutes, and other institutions offer programs in the field that lead to an associate’s degree. Some culinary schools offer programs in restaurant management with courses designed for those who want to start and run their own restaurant.

Most programs provide instruction in nutrition, sanitation, and food preparation, as well as courses in accounting, business law, and management. Some programs combine classroom and practical study with internships.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Most food service managers start working in industry-related jobs, such as cooks, waiters and waitresses, or hosts and hostesses. They often spend years working under the direction of an experienced worker, learning the necessary skills before they are promoted to manager positions.


Managers who work for restaurant chains and food service management companies may be required to complete programs that combine classroom instruction and on-the-job training. Topics may include food preparation, sanitation, security, company policies, personnel management, and recordkeeping.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although certification is not required, managers may obtain the Food Protection Managers Certification (FPMC) by passing a food safety exam. The American National Standards Institute accredits institutions that offer the FPMC.

In addition, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation awards the Foodservice Management Professional (FMP) designation, a voluntary certification to managers who meet the following criteria:

  • Have supervisory experience in food service
  • Have specialized training in food safety
  • Pass a multiple-choice exam

The certification attests to professional competence, particularly for managers who learned their skills on the job.

Important Qualities

Business skills. Food service managers, especially those who run their own restaurant, must understand all aspects of the restaurant business. They should know how to budget for supplies, set prices, and manage workers to ensure that the restaurant is profitable.

Communication skills. Food service managers must give clear orders to staff and be able to communicate effectively with employees and customers.

Customer-service skills. Food service managers must be courteous and attentive when dealing with patrons. Satisfying customers’ dining needs is critical to business success and ensures customer loyalty.

Detail oriented. Managers deal with many different types of activities. They ensure that there is enough food to serve to customers, they maintain financial records, and they ensure that the food meets health and safety standards.

Leadership skills. Managers must establish good working relationships to maintain a productive work environment. Carrying out this task may involve motivating workers and leading by example.

Organizational skills. Food service managers keep track of many different schedules, budgets, and staff. Their job becomes more complex as the size of the restaurant or food service facility increases.

Physical stamina. Managers, especially those who run their own restaurant, often work long shifts and sometimes spend entire evenings on their feet helping to serve customers.

Problem-solving skills. Managers need to be able to resolve personnel issues and customer-related problems.

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Portuguese

  • Italian

  • Swedish

  • Russian

  • Hindi

  • Arabic

  • Norwegian

  • Urdu

  • Chinese

  • Danish

  • Greek

  • Hebrew

  • Romanian

  • Gujarati

  • Dutch

  • Mandarin

  • Korean

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Real Catering Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Restaurant/Catering Manager SJG Foods New York, NY Feb 25, 2011 $73,736
Korean Food Catering Manager Woori Shim Corporation DBA Woori Food Market San Francisco, CA Oct 18, 2016 $72,000
Banquet & Catering Manager Oankar Corporation Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Sep 13, 2013 $70,000
Sales and Catering Manager Shawn Shafaii Party and Reception Center Houston, TX Feb 08, 2016 $65,000
Catering Manager B.A.B Events, Inc. North Miami Beach, FL Aug 10, 2015 $65,000
Estate Hospitality and Catering Manager Capital Technologies, Inc. Houston, TX Dec 01, 2011 $60,000
Hotel Conference Planner/Catering Manager The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa Tucson, AZ Oct 01, 2010 $60,000
Events and Catering Manager Battery Wave, LLC D/B/A Battery Gardens New York, NY Jul 09, 2015 $59,197
Catering Manager Pomona College Claremont, CA Jan 17, 2011 $55,000
Catering Manager Aramark Campus, LLC Farmville, VA Sep 30, 2011 $54,500
Restaurant and Catering Manager Manila Food Express Colton, CA Mar 08, 2011 $53,699
Events and Catering Manager Amber India Corporation San Francisco, CA Sep 11, 2015 $51,000 -
Events and Catering Manager Amber India Enterprises Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 12, 2015 $50,000 -
Catering Manager Doolins Irish Pub, LLC Durham, NC Sep 27, 2013 $46,000
Catering Manager The Pongal LLC Billerica, MA Oct 04, 2010 $45,000
Catering and Banquest Set Up Manager Wynn Las Vegas, LLC Las Vegas, NV Nov 02, 2009 $45,000
Catering Manager The Pongal LLC Billerica, MA Oct 01, 2012 $44,762
Catering Manager Thompson Hospitality Richmond, VA Oct 01, 2011 $44,730
Catering Manager Seven Spices, LLC Irving, TX Sep 29, 2015 $44,429
Catering Manager Spris, Inc. Miami Beach, FL Feb 02, 2010 $43,680
Catering Manager Main Street Distributors Corp Huntington Station, NY Dec 31, 2011 $43,556
Catering Manager JAI JAI Vaishno Inc. DBA Royal Sweet Chicago, IL Apr 29, 2008 $39,653
Meeting/Catering Manager Highgate Oxford Management Company LLC New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $38,022
Catering Manager Interstate Management Company, LLC Washington, DC Dec 01, 2010 $38,022
Catering Manager Crossroads Hospitality Management Company, LLC Washington, DC Dec 01, 2010 $38,022
Social Catering Manager MDM Brickell Hotel Group, Ltd. Miami, FL Oct 01, 2010 $38,000
Catering Manager NYC1890 LLC New York, NY Oct 01, 2013 $37,566
Manager, Restaurant & Catering Sathiam Enterprises, LLC Edison, NJ Dec 07, 2013 $37,500
Manager, Restaurant & Catering Sathiam Enterprises, LLC Edison, NJ Sep 06, 2014 $37,500

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Top Skills for A Catering Manager


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Top Catering Manager Skills

  1. Menu Planning
  2. Banquet Staff
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conduct Food and Beverage negotiations including menu planning.
  • Communicate with front of house managers, chefs, and banquet staff to ensure flawless execution.
  • Ensured client satisfaction by building strong professional relationships and utilizing my exceptional customer service and time management skills.
  • Developed, implemented and managed business plans to promote profitable food and beverage sales.
  • Facilitated the execution of all kitchen stations.

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