Food Expeditor Job Description
Food expeditors inspect dishes for visual appeal and to ensure that food is properly prepared and served at the proper temperature in a timely fashion. Food expeditors are the link between the kitchen and the dining room and bar. Restaurants and kitchens of all types hire food expeditors, who report to the head chef or kitchen manager, as well as to the dining room manager. Food expeditors work flexible schedules that include evening, night, and weekend hours.
Food Expeditor Duties and Responsibilities
Food expeditors work in all types of kitchens, from casual dining establishments to five-star restaurants offering the finest cuisine. Regardless of the menu, all food expeditors share core tasks:
Maintain Verbal Communication
Food expeditors call out orders to chefs, check on the status of dishes, and call for waitstaff when food is ready to serve.
Keep Staff Well-Informed
Food expeditors alert the waitstaff when the kitchen is out of a specific ingredient and relay special food requests from the waitstaff to the kitchen.
Monitor Portion Control
Food expeditors are responsible for the food portions of finished dishes, ensuring they adhere to restaurant standards.
Meet Presentation Standards
Food expeditors inspect every plate to make sure the proper garnishes have been applied and that dishes are free of smudges and spills before being delivered to the customer.
Keep Kitchen Areas Clean
Food expeditors maintain cleanliness and order in all cooking, prep, and food storage areas, keeping these areas neat, well organized, and stocked with ingredients.
Adhere to Sanitation Standards
Food expeditors make sure all kitchen and waitstaff follow sanitation standards keeping themselves, their tools, and their work areas clean and presentable.
Assist All Staff
Food expeditors pitch in to help all staff as needed-cooking and prepping food, serving plates of food, and assisting with management tasks restaurant-wide.
Address Customer Complaints
Food expeditors serve as a face for the kitchen staff, addressing customer complains and finding solutions that will satisfy customers.