Food & Restaurant Job Descriptions

Baker Job Description

The largest percentage of bakers have jobs in craft and specialty bakeries or grocery stores.

Banquet Captain Job Description

Banquet captains work in hotels and independent banquet halls to ensure the perfect execution of large dinners, receptions and events that require food and beverages. Banquet captains are the front of house for these events, making sure that the tables are decorated correctly, the food is presented well, and service goes off without a hitch.

Banquet Server Job Description

Banquet servers, informally known as cater waiters, are wait staff that work for big catering events and banquets. Working with the catering staff, who prepare each course at the same time, banquet servers must make sure each course is delivered as quickly as possible. Banquet servers keep glasses filled, remove each round of plates and answer any questions from guests.

Barista Job Description

The average hourly pay for all baristas is about $8.50 per hour including tips, but will vary by experience and location. Experienced baristas who work in high volume coffee shops can earn up to $12 per hour (that includes tips).

Bartender Job Description

Almost all bartenders are extroverts who don't mind being the center of attention - but you've got to have a long fuse, especially with people who have had a bit too much to drink.

Bouncer Job Description

If you can keep a cool head in stressful situations and help maintain order at big social events, you may be ready for a job as a bouncer. Bouncers are security guards that work at clubs, bars and music venues to help keep order, and make sure everyone is safe and has a good time.

Busser Job Description

Bussers, also referred to as dining room attendants or bartender helpers, help out the wait staff and bartenders at restaurants and other places that serve food.

Butcher Job Description

Almost all butchers start their careers in training programs, where they learn how to use the machinery and the job skills required to be successful.

Cake Decorator Job Description

Cake decorators work in large and small bakeries to apply icing, chocolate and other confectionary delights to cakes. There are many different tools that cake decorators can use depending on the size, shape and type of cake, such as dipping vats, airbrushes, carving tools and more.

Caterer Job Description

Caterers are cooks and food preps who make large amounts of food for parties, galas and events. Instead of working in a restaurant and making food to order, caterers prepare all dishes at once, course by course, so that everyone is served at the same time by banquet servers.

Chef/Cook Job Description

It's not the easiest job in the world, but it certainly can take you places. If you're a hard worker with a flair for creating food, you could be promoted from line cook to sous chef to head chef within a matter of years.

Chef Job Description

Order up! Today’s special is a great job! Chefs, also known as head cooks, are in charge of kitchens, overseeing the preparation and cooking of food at restaurants, diners, and other operations where somebody can get a bite to eat.

Cook Job Description

Do you like your job well done? Cooks are the backbone of every kitchen and place where food is prepared in the country.

Counter Attendant Job Description

Counter attendant is a term used to describe the job of those who stand behind a counter and take your order (usually food). These jobs are most commonly found at movie theaters, specialty food stores (like ice cream shops) or cafeterias.

Deli Manager Job Description

Responsible for overall operation of the deli, deli managers hire staff, purchase food and stock, and make sure everyone is trained on proper food preparation, kitchen safety techniques and health standards. Deli managers set daily and weekly cleaning schedules for the kitchen, hire, train and discipline employees and set work schedules.

Delivery Driver Job Description

As a food delivery driver, you'll deliver food to people's homes, take money and make change. Part of your paycheck will come from tips, so you'll want to be fast and friendly.

Dishwasher Job Description

Dishwashers are almost always the last person to leave at night so be prepared for some late nights (especially on the weekends). Even after the last table's been served, the kitchen needs to be cleaned and the trash has to be emptied.

Expeditor Job Description

Food expeditors communicate orders and information between the front of house and back of house, making sure that food is cooked in the right order, quickly, and presented to the customer as beautifully as possible.

Fast Food Cashier

If you're looking for a job in which you don't need experience and you get to give people something they love every day (except fryophobes), consider becoming a fast food cashier.

Food and Beverage Manager Job Description

Responsible for overall operation for the restaurant, food and beverage managers hire staff, purchase food and stock, and make sure everyone is trained on proper food preparation, proper and legal alcoholic beverage service kitchen safety techniques and understand health standards.

Food Server Job Description

Food server is the broad term that describes anyone who works at a place that serves food. This could be a busser, counter attendant at a fast food restaurant, host or server at a sit-down restaurant, even someone serving food at a sports event or arena.

Food Service Manager Job Description

Responsible for overall operation for the restaurant, food service managers hire staff, purchase food and stock, and make sure everyone is trained on proper food preparation, kitchen safety techniques and understand health standards.

Host and Hostess Job Description

On average, hosts and hostesses make $8.42 an hour, but depending on the type of restaurant where you work, you could make upwards of $12 an hour.

Kitchen Manager Job Description

A kitchen manager is responsible for the overall operations for the back of house and kitchen area of a restaurant. Kitchen managers hire staff, purchase food and stock, and make sure everyone is trained on proper food preparation and kitchen safety techniques.

Line Cook Job Description

For someone looking to get into the restaurant business, especially the "back of the house," a line cook job is a great stepping stone.

Meat Clerk Job Description

Meat clerks work in the meat department of grocery stores and butcher shops and are responsible for weighing, wrapping and pricing meat for customers. Depending on the store and responsibilities, meat clerks might be asked to slice deli meat or cut down larger pieces of meat for display at the meat counter.

Meat Cutter Job Description

Everything is better with bacon, including a job! Meat cutters, also known as butchers, use knives and other carving tools to cut, trim and prepare meat for sale to customers. They may work at grocery stores, for large scale butchers, or at smaller specialty shops.

Pastry Chef Job Description

If you enjoy making fancy cakes, breads and other treats, your income may rise like bread dough as a pastry chef. Pastry chefs are in charge of the baking aspect of kitchens and restaurants, delivering cakes, breads, and any bread based components to meals.

Pizza Delivery Driver Job Description

Pizza delivery drivers work for pizza restaurants and use cars, bikes helicopter to deliver pizza to homes, businesses or other locations. Pizza delivery drivers also take payment, either via credit card, cash or check. Pizza delivery drivers often get tips, so fast, friendly service is helpful in making money at this job.

Prep Cook Job Description

If you're interested in getting into the culinary world, but aren’t ready for a chef position, consider becoming a prep cook. Prep cooks are the building blocks of a well-oiled kitchen, doing the routine and day-to-day tasks that are needed to allow the cooks and chefs to turn out perfect meals.

Restaurant Assistant Manager Job Description

Restaurant assistant managers make sure employees perform a variety of tasks, from preparing the food, stocking supplies, serving, charging people for their food, handling cash, credit cards, and a cash register, cleaning tables and counters, resetting tables, greeting customers and answering questions.

Restaurant Manager Job Description

The average salary for all restaurant managers is about $49,420 per year. Experienced restaurant managers at higher end restaurants can earn up to $76,940 per year.

Server Job Description

Do you like working with people, making them happy, and being surrounded by delicious food? Then you might be ready for a server job.

Shift Leader Job Description

Shift leaders direct other employees through their daily routines and interact with customers to make sure that they have a satisfactory experience. Shift leaders act as quality control, ensuring customer satisfaction through training employees properly and adhering to company policy.

Short Order Cook Job Description

Short order cooks work in restaurants and diners that prepare fast, simple food: sandwiches, eggs, fries, burgers and other similar food. They usually work on many orders at once, getting them all out as fast as possible for their hungry customers.

Sous Chef Job Description

Sous chefs are second-in-command in kitchens, reporting to the head chef, overseeing the preparation and cooking of food at restaurants, diners, and other operations where somebody can get a bite to eat.

Waiter/Waitress Job Description

Most waiters and waitresses, also called servers, work in full-service restaurants. They greet customers, take food orders, bring food and drinks to the tables and take payment and make change.