Food Service Manager


The catering and events industry is fun, fast paced, and rewarding. Every day is different and you are always thinking outside the box. There is unlimited potential in this industry!

Kevin Mazzone
Food Service Manager

In A Nutshell

I am responsible for overseeing the various departments - from operations to human resources to sales - in our catering services and event planning company. 

I train and direct staff so that our customers are happy with their experience with our food and services.

I develop menus, source ingredients, and make sure our kitchen is running smoothly at all times. 


Potential Salary Range

$55,000 - 90,000 Annually

Which provinces would this job be in?

Alberta AB
British Columbia BC
British Columbia
Manitoba MB
New Brunswick NB
New Brunswick
Newfoundland & Labrador NL
Newfoundland & Labrador
Nova Scotia NS
Nova Scotia
Nunavut NU
Northwest Territories NWT
Northwest Territories
Ontario ON
Prince Edward Island PEI
Prince Edward Island
Quebec QC
Saskwatchewan SK
Yukon Territories YT
Yukon Territories

My workplace is energetic and diverse! Since I’m responsible for pulling together amazing food experiences for customers - I spend time in an office, our commercial kitchen, and at various event venues. 



Job Requirements & Duties

  • Hire, train, and mentor employees, and help them be successful in their positions in our company
  • Develop menus, and order food ingredients and supplies that the kitchen needs 
  • Oversee the kitchen and make sure food is tasty and presented well
  • Make sure employees follow health and safety rules
  • Discover new ways to present food to clients and guests
  • Manage the budget of the company, including expenses and payroll
  • Meet regularly with different departments and work on short term and long term goals
  • Arrange for sales training and professional development for employees

Education & Training

  • Some post-secondary education in hospitality or culinary arts would be beneficial. However, many businesses only require a high school diploma and several years of experience in the food service industry.
  • On the job training, like participating in yearly learning sessions and courses to update industry specific skills, is essential for success.

Job Outlook

    The demand for this job is expected to grow at a rate of 11%, which is higher than the average growth for other occupations. This means the outlook for this job is great! 

Related School Subjects

Ed. Prof. et Tech.
English Language Arts
69 Math

What words come to mind when thinking about this career?

Food Service Restaurant Cooking Catering Events

Important Skills



I must be prepared to deal with all sorts of personalities, skill levels, and backgrounds when it comes to handling staff. My staff and I need to make sure our clients are happy, so we all need to be able to communicate with one another effectively to get the job done well. 

Critical Thinking

There's always something happening - either on the floor of an event, in the commercial kitchen, or on the sales and operations side - so quick, critical thinking allows you to make good decisions while focusing on the full picture.


This is one of the most important traits of a good manager. It means taking ownership for your staff, setting a good example, and motivating your team through positivity.


Having everyone report to you means that you must be able to manage many staff and take into account all the responsibilities they each have. I need to be able to focus on lots of things at once to make sure the company overall, is successful.


The Best Things About This Job Are…

Working With A Team
Problem Solving
Working in a Small Business