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Become A Food Prep

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Working As A Food Prep

  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Getting Information
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • $19,200

    Average Salary

What Does A Food Prep Do

A Food Prep is responsible for preparing cold foods, slicing meat, brewing coffee, tea, and more. Other duties include cleaning and sanitizing work areas, equipment, utensils, and dishes.

How To Become A Food Prep

Most food and beverage service jobs are entry-level jobs and do not require a high school diploma. The majority of workers receive short-term on-the-job training.

Most states require workers, such as nonrestaurant servers, who serve alcoholic beverages to be 18 years of age or older.


There are no formal education requirements for becoming a food and beverage serving worker.


Most workers learn their skills through short-term on-the-job training, usually lasting several weeks. Training includes basic customer service, kitchen safety, safe food-handling procedures, and good sanitation habits.

Some employers, particularly those in fast-food restaurants, teach new workers with the use of self-study programs, online programs, audiovisual presentations, or instructional booklets that explain food preparation and service procedures. However, most food and beverage serving and related workers learn their skills by watching and working with more experienced workers.

Some full-service restaurants provide new dining room employees with classroom training sessions that alternate with periods of on-the-job work experience. The training communicates the operating philosophy of the restaurant, helps new employees establish a personal rapport with other staff, teaches employees formal serving techniques, and instills a desire in the staff to work as a team.

Some nonrestaurant servers and bartender helpers who work in establishments where alcohol is served may need training on state and local laws concerning the sale of alcoholic beverages. Some states, counties, and cities mandate such training, which typically lasts a few hours and can be taken online or in-house.


Advancement opportunities are limited to those who remain on the job for a long time. However, some dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers may advance to waiter, waitress, or bartender positions as they learn the basics of serving food or preparing drinks.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Food and beverage serving and related workers must listen carefully to their customers’ orders and relay them correctly to the kitchen staff so that the orders are prepared to the customers’ request.

Customer-service skills. Food service establishments rely on good food and customer service to keep customers and succeed in a competitive industry. As a result, workers should be courteous and be able to attend to customers’ requests.

Physical stamina. Food and beverage serving and related workers spend most of their worktime standing, carrying heavy trays, cleaning work areas, and attending to customers’ needs.

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Real Food Prep Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manager, Food Services Bin Tang, LLC Chamblee, GA Aug 01, 2011 $60,523
Director, Food Services (Food and Beverage) WHM, LLC West Hollywood, CA Oct 01, 2011 $56,555
Director, Food Services (Food and Beverage) WHM, LLC West Hollywood, CA Oct 30, 2011 $56,555
Rest Mngr./Food Service Mngr. TMH Management Group, Inc. Calabasas, CA Oct 08, 2016 $48,880
Food Service Menager Madras Bhavan Decatur, GA Oct 01, 2014 $47,500
Director, Food Services (Food and Beverage) WHM, LLC West Hollywood, CA Oct 01, 2011 $45,261
Manager Food Services James-ZAC Corp. New York, NY Aug 05, 2011 $40,258
Manager, Food Service NOPI Enterprises, Inc. DBA Pizza Rustica FL Sep 01, 2012 $38,109
Manager, Fast Food Services NOPI Enterprises, Inc. DBA Pizza Rustica FL Sep 01, 2012 $38,109
Program Director-Food Services Young Men's Christian Association of Greater Oklahoma City, Inc. Davis, OK Sep 23, 2015 $34,380
1St. Line Sups/Mgrs of Food Prep & Serving Workers R & R Restaurants Inc. CA May 05, 2011 $33,517
Food Prep Worker/Housekeeper Veranda House Inn, LLC MA May 16, 2013 $26,547
Food Prep Worker/Housekeeper 76 Main Street, LLC MA Jun 01, 2013 $26,547
Food Prep Workers Cape Cod Restaurants, Inc. MA Apr 01, 2014 $22,811
Food Prep Workers Woods Hole Inn MA May 03, 2013 $22,227
Food Prep Worker Wellfleet Harbor Seafood, Inc. MA Apr 01, 2013 $21,559
Temporary Food Service Beauty of Sprout, LLC FL Nov 04, 2014 $19,513
Food Prep Workers Cape Cod Restaurants, Inc. MA Apr 01, 2013 $19,242
Food Service Helpers Woodloch Pines, Inc. PA Apr 15, 2014 $19,200
Food Prep Workers Regency CSP Ventures LP SD Apr 15, 2015 $19,200
Food Service Helpers Woodloch Pines, Inc. PA Apr 13, 2015 $19,075

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Top Skills for A Food Prep


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Top Food Prep Skills

  1. Quality Customer Service
  2. Clean Kitchen
  3. Food Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided quality customer service at all times.
  • Used various cleaners and chemicals to clean kitchen and grill areas and appliances.
  • Performed management duties including training and supervising staff, overseeing food service, and responding to member inquiries.
  • Prepare food for the nutritional needs of up to 2000 military personnel per meal while maintaining food safety and sanitation standards.
  • Established and cultivated vendor relations; fostered excellent communications to ensure cost effectiveness and timeliness of deliveries.

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