A private cook is an individual who prepares meals for families and, sometimes, for business organizations. One can train to become a private chef. Others who are naturally skilled in cooking can start taking in clients. But it is highly recommended that someone get formal training through vocational courses or obtain a culinary degree from a university. Private cooks are responsible for preparing anything edible. They are in charge of the whole process of preparing meals, from planning a menu to cleaning the kitchen after all the work is done. There are lots of opportunities for private cooks, since they can find employment in guest homes, on yachts and private planes, and in family homes.
Bakers mix and bake ingredients according to recipes to make a variety of breads, pastries, and other baked goods.
A meat cutter is also known as a butcher. A meat cutter prepares large pieces of meat and slices and cuts them into smaller and more manageable pieces for use by consumers. They may work for a large meat processing company, a butcher shop, or a grocery store.
A butcher is a professional meat cutter who prepares tasty cuts of meat and products that consumers can cook and enjoy. They are part of the food processing occupation and are responsible for ensuring proper storage and presentation and cutting of all types of meat, poultry, and fish. The services of a butcher are necessary for that tasty steak for the barbecue, a preferred quality of ground beef, or the right filet of fish. They know how to cut meat properly so that it can be cooked and served for maximum tenderness and taste quality. Often they are also enlisted in the preparation of wild game, so that hunters can enjoy the fruits of their hunt without having to do all the dirty work.
Bartenders mix and serve drinks to customers directly or through wait staff. Bartenders work in restaurants, bars, clubs, hotels, and other food service establishments. During busy hours, they are under pressure to serve customers quickly and efficiently. About half of all bartenders work full time, and they often must work late evenings, weekends, and holidays.
A culinary chef is anyone that makes their living in the culinary arts; a very broad spectrum of job descriptions. Some examples would include caterers, restaurant and hotel chefs, and bakery and pastry chefs. Using the loosest interpretation, anyone who cooks and prepares food & drink for a living can be called a chef. However, in everyday usage, chefs that are not working in very upscale, professional kitchens are usually referred to as cooks. Chefs might find employment in unexpected places such as hospitals and retirement centres or other places in the entertainment field, such as cruise ships or even providing food for movie sets, also known as craft services.
A food batchmaker creates large batches of food products and generally works at a food manufacturing facility where they have to follow recipes. As part of their work, they collect test results and record timings, temperature, and ingredients used. Food batchmakers also select and weigh ingredients and place them in containers. The weights are usually in imperial or metric units.
A sommelier or wine steward is a person who is an expert in fine wine and is responsible for serving it to patrons. Sommelier is French in origin and originally a wine stewards job was to serve royalty. The modern sommeliers offer their services to fine restaurants. Although most wine stewards are men (69% of them), there are many women stewards as well. A sommelier should know detailed information about wine including such things as the types of grapes used to make a particular wine, in what region the grapes were grown, the vineyards where the grapes were grown, a wines ratings and the vintages of the various wines.
Caterers are people who arrange the preparation and presentation of food for clients, as well as having the responsibility for the delivery of the food. Some caterers organize large events, including not only the food and drink, but also the decorations, dance floors, tables, chairs, music and lighting. Catering is one of the fastest growing fields in Europe, Canada, and the United States. This field has continued to grow year after year, with many job openings appearing yearly. Catering as an industry also has representation in a Union. The International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco, and Allied Workers' Association was founded in 1920, having been created from the original International Federation of Tobacco Workers. As of 2005, the IUF encompassed organizations in 120 countries and represents over 12 million workers worldwide.
A restaurant manager is someone who is the 'face' of a restaurant and whose main responsibilities are to deal with any customer service issues, and to ensure that the food quality coming out of the kitchen is the best it can be. He or she also deals with any staffing issues and ensures that everything runs as smoothly and profitably as possible.
A pastry chef or pâtissier is a station chef in a professional kitchen, skilled in the making of pastries, desserts, breads and other baked goods. They are employed in large hotels, bistros, restaurants, bakeries, and some cafés. The pastry chef is a member of the classic brigade de cuisine in a professional kitchen and is the station chef of the pastry department. As with other station chefs, the pastry chef may have other chefs or assistants within their department. Bakers may also be members of the pastry department in bakeries and larger establishments such as hotels.
Food preparation workers perform many routine tasks under the guidance of cooks or food supervisors. They prepare cold foods, slice meat, peel and cut vegetables, brew coffee or tea, and do many other tasks. Food preparation workers are employed in restaurants, hotels, and other places where food is served, such as grocery stores, schools, hospitals, and cafeterias. They often work early mornings, late evenings, weekends, or holidays. The majority work part time.
A cake designer is a professional baker who specializes in making and decorating cakes for all occasions. Examples include cakes for weddings, birthdays, holidays, and other special events. Cakes are often the centrepiece of the food and drink table. As such, they have to look amazing. Designers bake and decorate custom cakes based on the requirements of customers. Creative designs are used and adapted to produce a unique and visually striking product for each customer.