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Food Preparation and Serving Manager  What They Do

Just the Facts


Directly supervises and coordinates activities of workers engaged in preparing and serving food.

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


A person in this career:

  • Performs various financial activities, such as cash handling, deposit preparation, and payroll.
  • Resolves customer complaints regarding food service.
  • Compiles and balances cash receipts at the end of the day or shift.
  • Presents bills and accepts payments.
  • Inspects supplies, equipment, and work areas to ensure efficient service and conformance to standards.
  • Performs food preparation and serving duties, such as carving meat, preparing flambe dishes, or serving wine and liquor.
  • Trains workers in food preparation, and in service, sanitation, and safety procedures.
  • Supervises and participates in kitchen and dining area cleaning activities.
  • Performs personnel actions, such as hiring and firing staff, providing employee orientation and training, and conducting supervisory activities, such as creating work schedules or organizing employee time sheets.
  • Controls inventories of food, equipment, smallware, and liquor, and reports shortages to designated personnel.

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 use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • 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 requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions 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 at a distance
  • 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

  • Overtime work
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

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  • Dietary Supervisor --
  • Food and Nutrition Services Supervisor --
  • Food Production Supervisor --
  • Food Service Director --
  • Food Service Manager --
  • Food Service Supervisor --
  • Kitchen Manager --
  • Kitchen Supervisor --
  • Restaurant Manager --