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Nonrestaurant Food Server

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What They Do

Food Servers, Nonrestaurant Career Video

About This Career

Serves food to individuals outside of a restaurant environment, such as in hotel rooms, hospital rooms, residential care facilities, or cars.

This career is part of the Hospitality and Tourism cluster Restaurants and Food/Beverage Services pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Places food servings on plates or trays according to orders or instructions.
  • Cleans or sterilizes dishes, kitchen utensils, equipment, or facilities.
  • Monitors food distribution, ensuring that meals are delivered to the correct recipients and that guidelines, such as those for special diets, are followed.
  • Examines trays to ensure that they contain required items.
  • Loads trays with accessories, such as eating utensils, napkins, or condiments.
  • Takes food orders and relays orders to kitchens or serving counters so they can be filled.
  • Monitors food preparation or serving techniques to ensure that proper procedures are followed.
  • Removes trays and stacks dishes for return to kitchen after meals are finished.
  • Carries food, silverware, or linen on trays or uses carts to carry trays.
  • Records amounts and types of special food items served to customers.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Rotating shift work
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Food Service Worker — Duties include responsibility for instructing subordinate food service workers in dining hall techniques and methods; for maintaining high standards of cleanliness; and for assuring that patrons are served in a pleasant and courteous manner.
  • Room Server
  • Room Service Server
  • Tray Server
  • Kitchen Runner
  • Food Server


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