A division of the field of hospitality, serving food and drink at a restaurant in Canada is a great job if you enjoy a face-paced, customer-service environment. From hosting to preparing and expediting food to bartending, there are a variety of options for those seeking summer employment. Hours tend to vary from part-time shift-work to full time hours. Serving jobs sometimes require you to work evenings and weekends since this is their busiest time. Sometimes, prospective waiters and waitresses begin as hosts and hostesses before they are promoted. Hosting is a great first step in serving because you experience getting to know the customers through greeting and seating them. Being a waiter or waitress is a great position for the self-motivated individual because the better your service, the better your tips can be. Typically, waiters and waitresses receive a base salary (sometimes reduced from minimum wage) which is supplemented by the gratuity or trips received from customers. Depending on the restaurants or bar setting, waiters, for example, may be required to fill duties other than taking orders.
Some examples of serving jobs include:
- Hosts and Hostesses
- Waiters and Waitresses
- Food Expediters
- Line Cooks
- Head Chef
- Sous Chef
- Driver (take-out restaurants)
There is a minimum age required to serve alcohol, and these vary by province. In many provinces in Canada, an alcohol serving license is required to work in establishments which serve alcohol. Many restaurants still prefer this training regardless. To obtain a serving license, applicants must complete a seminar or online course consisting of articles and readings, videos and write quizzes and/or a final test.
Alcohol Serving License/Certification by province: