WHAT DO FOOD EXPEDITORS DO?
In the busy world of fine dining restaurants, there is the front of house: the servers and waitstaff, and the back of house: the cooks and chefs. In between these two groups is the expeditor. Food expeditors communicate orders and information between the front of house and back of house, making sure that food is cooked in the right order, quickly, and presented to the customer as beautifully as possible. Expeditors make sure the orders are being cooked in a timely fashion, so that all orders for a table are ready at the same time and make sure that once the food is cooked, servers run food to the table while it's warm and ready. They explain special orders to the cooks, and tell servers when the kitchen is out of a particular menu item.
Expeditors are also in charge of the final presentation of the plate, making sure it is dressed and garnished correctly and free from smudges or spills.
HOW MUCH DO FOOD EXPEDITORS MAKE?
This depends on what type of restaurant an expeditor works in. Some expeditors have duties similar to sous chefs. Sous chefs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) made a median annual income in 2010 of $40,630, or $19.53 an hour. Other restaurants treat expeditors as cooks or wait staff, which make less money.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
Experience is a key part of the job. Expeditors are often trained chefs or cooks and know the dishes they are serving well. Others have experience as waitstaff and are familiar with the dishes they serve. Those looking for an expeditor job will want to explore chef and waitstaff jobs prior to applying as an expeditor.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Leadership Skills: Food expeditors are often leading both the waitstaff and the cooks, making sure food is prepared and delivered in a timely way.
- Sense of Taste and Smell: Delicious food brings in customers. Food expeditors are the last line of defense to make sure each piece of food is safe, prepared correctly and tasty.
- Time Management Skills: Kitchens get busy quickly, food can get ruined easily if you cannot manage your time. Great time management will help you avoid burned or spoiled food and angry customers.