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ERIC Number: EJ875431
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0199-4786
More than Food and Drink: Careers in Restaurants
Liming, Drew
Occupational Outlook Quarterly, v53 n1 p22-33 Spr 2009
In restaurants, the food's the thing. But the drinks, presentation, service, and ambiance are important, too. And it's up to restaurant workers to provide diners with a square meal that's well rounded. The hard work of the kitchen, bar, and dining-room staff gets food and drink from menu to mouth. Some of the more visible workers may include waiters and waitresses (also known as servers), busboys, hosts and hostesses, bartenders, and sommeliers. Less visible restaurant staff includes chefs, cooks, managers, dishwashers, and janitorial and office staff. All have a role in helping to make a diner's experience pleasant. This article begins with an overview of the restaurant industry. It then looks at four occupations--(1) cooks; (2) executive chefs; (3) servers; and (4) bartenders--and describes their job duties; employment, wages, and outlook; and skills and training. One will learn what working in a restaurant is like, including its challenges and rewards. Suggested resources for additional information on restaurant careers are at the end.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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