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Working As A Food Service 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

  • $20,180

    Average Salary

What Does A Food Service 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 Food Service 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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Food Service Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

65.0%

Male

32.2%

Unknown

2.8%
Ethnicity

White

77.7%

Hispanic or Latino

12.0%

Asian

8.0%

Unknown

1.6%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

Mandarin

6.9%

Chinese

6.9%

French

6.0%

Arabic

4.3%

Cantonese

3.4%

Russian

2.6%

Tagalog

2.6%

Portuguese

2.6%

Japanese

2.6%

Ukrainian

1.7%

Filipino

1.7%

German

1.7%

Polish

1.7%

Turkish

0.9%

Romanian

0.9%

Korean

0.9%

Khmer

0.9%

Bosnian

0.9%

Vietnamese

0.9%
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Food Service Assistant Education

Schools

Michigan State University

12.8%

University of Phoenix

10.7%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

7.5%

Kaplan University

7.0%

Appalachian State University

5.3%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

5.3%

Milwaukee Area Technical College

4.8%

Pennsylvania State University

4.3%

Grand Canyon University

4.3%

Wake Technical Community College

3.7%

Texas Tech University

3.7%

Monroe Community College

3.7%

Northern Illinois University

3.7%

Gateway Technical College

3.7%

Johnson County Community College

3.2%

University of Oregon

3.2%

Georgia Southern University

3.2%

Liberty University

3.2%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.2%

Western Illinois University

3.2%
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Majors

Business

19.3%

Criminal Justice

7.2%

Psychology

7.1%

Medical Assisting Services

6.6%

Health Care Administration

6.6%

Accounting

6.3%

Culinary Arts

5.8%

Nursing

5.5%

General Studies

3.9%

Liberal Arts

3.8%

Food And Nutrition

3.7%

Communication

3.6%

Education

3.2%

Management

3.1%

Dietetics

3.1%

Hospitality Management

2.5%

Computer Science

2.3%

Human Services

2.3%

Social Work

2.1%

Biology

2.1%
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Degrees

Other

33.9%

Bachelors

33.4%

Associate

15.5%

Certificate

7.1%

Masters

6.6%

Diploma

2.6%

Doctorate

0.5%

License

0.4%
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Real Food Service Assistant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Food Service Assistant Quick CHEK Corporation Totowa, NJ Feb 28, 2008 $29,427
Food Preparation Assistant Gs Meat, Inc. Buena Park, CA Nov 23, 2016 $20,800
Food & Beverage Assistant II The Breakers Palm Beach, Inc. Palm Beach, FL Oct 01, 2015 $20,119
Food & Beverage Assistant II The Breakers Palm Beach, Inc. Palm Beach, FL Oct 01, 2016 $20,077
Food & Beverage Assistant I The Breakers Palm Beach, Inc. FL Oct 01, 2014 $20,077
Food & Beverage Assistant I The Breakers Palm Beach, Inc. Palm Beach, FL Oct 01, 2016 $20,056
Food & Beverage Assistant I The Breakers Palm Beach, Inc. Palm Beach, FL Oct 01, 2015 $19,973
Food & Beverage Assistant I The Breakers Palm Beach, Inc. FL Oct 01, 2013 $19,827

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Top Skills for A Food Service Assistant

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Top Food Service Assistant Skills

  1. Kitchen Equipment
  2. Food Service Equipment
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Operated kitchen equipment according to safety and sanitation regulations.
  • Performed sanitation duties including the cleaning of all food service equipment and work area.
  • Performed all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the Customer Service duties and guidelines manual.
  • Clean and maintain kitchen according to Department of Environmental Health Food Safety and Sanitation requirements.
  • Loaded carts with meal trays and delivered them to the patients on the hospital floors.

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