Catering Jobs for Cooks and Chefs
The catering offers a different side to cooking than you would find working in a conventional restaurant kitchen or hotel. You are often expected to prepare food in make shift kitchens in various function venues, and even outside which can be a challenge for many chefs.
Catering management will need to be one of things you are good at and understand if you are going to work in or open your own catering company. The catering management will involve working with event planners and wedding coordinators, dealing with clients and function venues, managing the chefs, ordering and buying ingredients, keeping the equipment and tools maintained, and setting up stations at various venues. If you are a head chef looking for catering jobs, you will find some of the best paying ones at the top catering companies that deal with weddings and on film sets. You will also get great experience working on a film set if you are a sous chef, or food preparation worker.
The catering industry offers executive chef jobs that are interesting and varied and allows you to create many unique and different kinds of foods.
The catering industry is a tough place to be for a chef, but if you love the party vibe and can work well under pressure to replicate a stunning meal a few hundred times, then catering jobs are just what you should be looking at. You can find executive chef jobs or head chef jobs, work as a sous chef, pastry chef, food preparation worker, or assistant chef. Many catering companies are privately owned, but some venues have their own catering for functions and events.
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Where you have a set venue and kitchen, there will normally be far more catering jobs available, whereas in private catering services where you might have to cook outside or in other venues without a full kitchen, you will have to make use of only a few chefs, who will have to make all the food and be able to do more than one job at a time. The catering management should be able to also cook and the executive chef jobs will require that you know how to be a pastry chef, sous chef, server, food preparation worker and even serve beverages. Getting jobs in catering is a great way to get more experience and learn about all the cooking jobs that you can get.