So You Want To Be A Waiter

The best book on waiting tables that you have never read – yet

Why all of the talk about cookbooks and food…

…on a waiter’s website?

Well, I love a good cookbook and I like food.

But there’s a bigger issue. The more interested you are in cuisine and the better informed you are about food, the more poised and confident you’ll be as you stand tableside and field questions and transmit a love of the dining experience and good food to your guest.

As a conductor must read music, so does a great waiter need to have a command of his or her menu. and that includes areas outside of the menu as well, for you never know when a chef’s special will have an unfamiliar ingredient or cooking technique. If you don’t know what a confit is (or don’t care when the chef explains it during pre-shift), you won’t be able to communicate it to the guest, or you’ll end up hemming and hawing and tap dancing.

And that’s not good tableside bearing.

Diners can smell blood in the water. They can also sense when a waiter knows his or her stuff.  Is a great waiter ever stumped? Yes, it can happen. You might be asked a question that you don’t know the answer to.

The key is giving off the aura that you know everything about food. It’s how you talk about it, it’s how you communicate flavor profiles, it’s how you answer questions on your feet.

Even waiters who serve in restaurants with fixed menus and no daily specials can benefit from food and alcohol knowledge.

And that’s where study comes in. that’s where exposure to different cuisines come in (even chain restaurants have started using some exotic ingredients.

Cookbooks can help you learn about different techniques, cuisines and ingredients.

Reading this blog can help you. Going to culinary sites that this blog points out can help you.

You are in charge of your career. Just coasting through shift after shift won’t help further the career.

I’m just sayin’…

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