As a Caterer you love cooking, interacting with people, and have a flair for parties. However, you must know that Caterers like many other skilled people require training, hard work, and some important skills to succeed. In this article, we will discuss 10 skills that can make You a good Caterer.
So What Skills Makes You a Good Caterer?
- Cooking Skill
At its most basic level, cooking is what makes you a caterer. If an event venue is decorated beautifully but the food is awful, clients won’t return. Catering is not only about preparing meals, You need to know about recipe substitutions, menus planning, food safety, large food reheating and transportation.
- Food safety Skill
A good caterer (and his team) need to know about how to comply with local food safety laws..
- Customer Service Skill
Caterers don’t work alone- they must work with clients to design menus. Sometimes, it may be necessary to persuade a client to substitute an ingredient or change a dish and this requires caution, tact, and diplomacy. To successfully cater to an event and build up a client base, good communication and people skills are vital. And remember, a satisfied customer is the best recommendation; word-of-mouth promotion is the most effective advertising.
- Leadership Skill
A caterer will often work with a staff of cooks, servers, cleaners, and dishwashers, while ensuring that their team is aware of their schedules, place settings, serving customs, and food safety regulations. It may also be necessary to provide direction and advice to customers. All of these functions can be daunting and even frustrating. Leadership skill will help the caterer to put it all together.
- Motivational Skill
Caterers must be inspirational and positive to motivate themselves and their team. When business is booming, a caterer may work long hours and this demands stamina. She needs to motivate herself to go on. And when business is low, it’s important for a caterer to motivate her employees while staying motivated herself until business picks up again.
- Financial Skill
Managing revenues and expenses in catering business can be a very big challenge. Catering involves spending in many little things and the tendency to forget to record an expense is very high. Being able to accurately track the inflow and outflow of funds is a skill that a good caterer must learn.
- Business Management Skill
Professional caterers don’t just cook for fun; they offer catering service to be profitable. This means that they have to learn about pricing, accounting, taxes, managing employees, ordering food, and organizing schedules and budgets.
- Marketing Skill
No matter how delicious your food may be, if people don’t know about you, you cannot succeed in business. Getting your business noticed is important and in catering, hence, a good network of contacts is essential. A good way to network is to liaise with MCs, DJs, Event Venue Managers, florists, event planners and a variety of other services that take care of large events.
- Attention to detail
As a caterer you may also be in charge of some décor, table arrangements and food presentation. You task may include setting up, running and clearing the event hall. You can use this opportunity to impress your client and all of their guests – who are all potential clients themselves.
- Flexibility & Creativity
Every client does not follow the usual standard of preparing recipes. Because of food allergies or religious dietary requirements, cooking methods may need to be adjusted or even altered to conform to personal preferences. A caterer needs to be flexible and creative to satisfy her clients in this situation.
It’s not easy to be a caterer but it can be fun. You can succeed if you take time to study the field of catering and learn about its particular challenges and demands.