Alternative Titles: Food and Beverage Attendant, Waitperson
Waiters serve food and drinks to guests in hotels, restaurants, clubs and similar establishments.
A waiter may perform the following tasks:
set tables with clean linen or place mats, cutlery, crockery and glasses
welcome and seat customers and hand menus to them
talk to guests about the menu and drinks and recommend combinations
in some cases promote local produce and attractions to visitors from interstate and overseas
take customers' orders and pass them to kitchen staff or bar attendants
serve food and drinks
make up bills and present them to customers
handle money or credit cards
take restaurant reservations
clear tables and return dishes and cutlery to kitchens.
Waiters often work split shifts and in the evenings, weekends and public holidays. They spend long periods on their feet and may have to deal with difficult customers. Uniforms may be supplied by employers. Waiters must be a minimum age of 18 years to serve alcohol.
Waiters may specialise as one of the following:
Commis Waiter who assists more experienced waiters in clearing and setting tables and transferring food from the kitchen or serving station to customers at tables.
Drinks Waiter and Wine Steward (Sommelier) who specialise in serving wine and other beverages.
Maitre d' who is an experienced waiter that supervises the work of other waiters and assists in the administration of the restaurant.
Silver Service Waiter who is generally a more experienced waiter who specialises in serving food, using a fork and spoon, from platters directly to the guests' plates at the table.
good communication skills
polite and patient
friendly, efficient and speedy
enjoy working with people
able to work as part of a team
prepared to work weekends and evenings
able to handle money
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