Ever thought about a career in Catering? Have you been inspired by the Great British Bake Off or the recent series of Masterchef? But you just aren’t sure how to get into the industry?
The food service sector is estimated to be worth £56.3 billion by 2019 with the idea that food inspires passion in many of us, so it’s no wonder many people want to work with it on a day to day basic. If you are one of these people, then here are five roles to consider that should tickle your taste buds and get you cooking up delicious dishes or planning menus in no time.
Apply for a role in a hotel
Caterer jobs in hotels are a great way of breaking into the industry and many people start as servers or bar staff and gradually work their way up into more important kitchen roles. Look for an establishment that offers on the job training and courses for staff members planning to progress further in their career.
Hotel careers vary from working in the restaurant, to those with more experience able to apply for sous chef roles or managerial positions. You can start from the bottom rung and then climb your way up the ladder, gaining experience along the way in different departments.
Complete a relevant qualification
If you know what your career path should look like then it’s a good idea to look into getting a relevant qualification under your belt. Check your local college or university for courses in hospitality, catering and leisure that can be used to support your applications for future job roles. City and Guilds offers a huge range of qualifications and apprenticeships but their Level 1 Hospital and Catering course is their best option.
Gain some experience
Experience working in a catering environment is never a bad thing; take a few hours out of your week to look for work with a friend or family member who is in the industry or an establishment in busier periods that needs a helping hand. Knowing that you can do the work is only going to offer some confidence when you start applying for roles.
Use your time management skills to your advantage
The wedding catering business is a big one and if you have experience working to strict deadlines and organising events then moving into menu planning might be a good idea.
You could do this while working for a catering company or a wedding planning agency, some hotels even have in-house wedding planners that might require a person in this sort of position to work alongside them. These jobs might be few and far between but they’re a great way of moving into the industry.
Start from your own kitchen
The catering industry isn’t just limited to hotels and restaurants, if you’re a dab hand in the kitchen and fancy the idea of working for yourself you can still get involved with catering industry. Perhaps you can create stunning wedding cakes or put together platters for parties?
Mobile catering is a varied and fulfilling way of working and also one of the easiest ways to get your foot through the door. It allows you to find your feet and learn more about the industry along the way.
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