Director of Catering

By Jordan Olsen and Juan Flores

Description

Catering directors meet up with potential clients to determine the needs of the event. They may also plan the meal for a birthday party, prom, funeral, or nonprofit gala.


  • Some times self-employed
  • Often work in large hotels
  • See the event from start to completion

Responsibilities/ Duties

Responsible for the

  • Event planing
  • Food service
  • Menu
  • Clean up
  • Customer Satisfaction


Work Environment

  • Dynamic and fast paced
  • On feet for long hours
  • Demanding
  • Stressful
  • Constantly changing
  • Work Holidays, nights and weekends
  • Adaptability

Skills Required

Good communicator

Excellent customer-service skills

Think on their feet

Be able to manage a large staff

Education Requirements

No formal school requirements

Most directors have taken several food service and hospitality classes

Do need a variety of licenses depending on what state they operate in.

Salary

About $50,000 in September of 2009

They also may receive addtional commission depending on the company they work for.