Maîtres d'hôtel, hosts and hostesses take reservations, greet and escort patrons to tables, attend to complaints and requests, and accept payments. They also train, supervise, and co-ordinate food/beverage servers and other serving staff.
A. Bartenders prepare cocktails and other drinks for waiters and waitresses or serve drinks directly to patrons, and collect payments. They also maintain an inventory of bar supplies and may supervise other bartenders and bar staff.
B. Waiters and waitresses present menus, take patrons' orders, and serve food/beverages. They accept payments and may recommend wines and prepare and serve specialty foods at patrons' tables.
C. Wine stewards suggest, present, and serve wines in formal settings.
1. Accommodation and food services - 91.0%
2. Arts entertainment and recreation - 4.0%
3. Retail trade - 1.0%
4. Health care and social assistance - 1.0%
5. Other services (except public administration) - 1.0%
1. To work in these occupations you may need a high school diploma.
2. To be a maître d'hôtel, host or hostess, you usually need several weeks' on-the-job training.
3. To be a maître d'hôtel, you need experience as a formal or captain waiter or waitress, or other food service experience.
4. To be a bartender, you usually need a college or other bartending program, or courses in mixing drinks.
5. To be a waiter or waitress, you may need on-the-job training. Formal waiters and waitresses may require college or vocational school courses.
6. To be a wine steward, you may need courses in wine selection and service or experience as a formal or captain waiter or waitress.
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The average hourly wages for Occupations in Food and Beverage Service is $10.23/HR, which is below average for occupations in the sale and service sector and are below average for all intermediate occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.