|Preface: This article will help you to decide take informed decisions between a catering business and working in a restaurant.|
Today, more and more people turn to catering and prepared food for their special events. Growing numbers of newly graduated chefs are striking out on their own, turning to this field for an alternative culinary career.
What is the difference between a catering business and working in a restaurant?
While both career choices are fast paced, catering has a different pace than working in a restaurant. A restaurant has fast hours, when people wait in line and the kitchen goes crazy. A catering business has fast days, when everything must be done at once and ready to go when the guests arrive. It involves coordinating all the dishes at one time-and usually with a smaller staff. People who open their own catering businesses often hire their own waiters, or serve the food themselves, so there's a lot more multi-tasking on the part of the catering staff. And while this may sound quick, catering also involves a lot of downtime. Hours may be spent planning menus with clients, experimenting with new tools and mapping out a day. After all, few catering companies cover special events seven days a week!
A catering business tends to be less steady than a restaurant. And if you're starting at the ground level, it's unlikely you'll be needed every day. If you start up your own catering business directly out of culinary school, you'll have to build your own reputation-and you won't have a storefront to lure people in. You'll rely on friends and connections for your business, which is guaranteed to be slow at times. And you'll have to invest in a lot of your own cooking supplies, which can be expensive.
If you're in culinary school and are considering working in catering when you complete your degree, you should take the time now to find a job or internship with a catering company. Not only will this provide a prospect for future employment once you finish your course work, but it will also give you a realistic, inside look at how the catering sector works.
NOTE: If you are interested in publishing this article in your site please copy paste and publish it in your site AS IT IS. A link to our site is required at the end of the article like this:
About the Author
Culinary Artist - Specializes in French & Thai Cuisine
Date Posted : 14 - Feb - 2005
Website : http://www.best-cooking-school-culinary-arts-schools-classes.com
Study Skills - How Can YOU Help Your Kids?
Some years ago when touring the Scottish Highlands, a man I met said something that's stuck with me ever since. He was elderly, yet was still working away on his small farm. He had no intention of retiring, and when asked if he felt the pace of...
Why Is Teamwork Training Important?
“When teamwork kicks in, nobody can beat you.” Don Shula, Head Coach, Miami Dolphins Only NFL team to attain a perfect 17-0 season Whether it’s two people, a department, or an organization, teams are the means by which great things get done....
How does oil & dirt get washed away with soap?
We use soap each day in our lives in the form of detergents, shampoo, shower crème, hand soap or bar soap. We are so used to using soap that we rarely stop and wonder how this wonderful compound manages to help us clean ourselves day after day. Have...
"Had The Winning Bid, did you?"
Had The Winning Bid, did you? (c)janes-place You arrive at an online auction and are eager to start bidding. You start looking at the descriptions and pictures of items you are interested in. Then the bidding starts............. Wow! The...
Look Before You Leap: How and Why to Do Pre-Interview Research to Snag a Job of Your Dreams
I got a call from a friend the other day who had been approached by a recruiter with a lead about a position at a hot company rumored to be going public shortly in a sexy business space. Later that day she called me and asked, “What, if anything did...