Formal Waiter/Waitress

Serve meals to patrons.
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Quick Stats


Outlook
Good

Salary Range
$16,000 – $30,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Formal Waiter/Waitresses do?

Serves meals to patrons according to established rules of etiquette, working in formal setting: Presents menu to diner, suggesting dinner courses, appropriate wines, and answering questions regarding food preparation. Writes order on check or memorizes it. Relays order to kitchen and serves courses from kitchen and service bars. Garnishes and decorates dishes preparatory to serving. Serves patrons from chafing dish at table. Observes diners to respond to any additional requests and to determine when meal has been completed. Totals bill and accepts payment or refers patron to CASHIER II 211.462-010. May carve meats, bone fish and fowl, and prepare flaming dishes and desserts at patron’s table. May be designated Waiter/Waitress, Banquet when serving at banquets.


Should I be a Formal Waiter/Waitress?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Food Runner, Waiter/Waitress, Formal

    How to become a Formal Waiter/Waitress

    Most Formal Waiter/Waitresses have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9iaaaa&chl=no+college+%2888%25%29|certificate+%2812%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,88,88
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