What does a Catering Coordinator do?

Catering coordinators manage food operations of special events at hotels, resorts, and other public establishments. They meet and greet guests, oversee food presentation, and coordinate event tasks while managing staff and performing administrative duties. Catering coordinators ensure they provide a welcoming environment for guests and clients. They effectively communicate with all guests and staff in a friendly, courteous, and timely manner and organize and coordinate event timelines, ensuring that the service runs smoothly and effectively. They correspond and oversee the event set up, break down, and pay attention to client requests, including specific themes or colors and decorations.

Catering coordinators process and receive food orders on time and stay mindful of particular dietary concerns or needs, including a vegan meal or food allergy. They maintain a running inventory of food and office supplies and liaise with vendors and external suppliers. They manage staff schedules and oversee catering and kitchen staff to ensure service moves quickly and efficiently. They assist management with food and decor budgets, manage finances, and maintain high personal grooming standards and a professional demeanor. Catering coordinators need a bachelor's or associate's degree in hospitality, culinary arts, or related fields.

Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.2 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Catering Coordinator Salaries

Average Base Pay

$39,934 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $40K
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Catering Coordinator Career Path

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Gather & GatherGather & Gather
Catering Manager
Jul. 11, 2019

“I have worked for G & G now for over 6 years and I have enjoyed a great career development.”

Whole Foods MarketWhole Foods Market
Catering Manager
May 12, 2020

“Great training and experience working at W.F.M. Best people I have ever worked with and lasting friendships.”

Aloha FoundationAloha Foundation
General Catering Assistant
Oct. 28, 2020

“Super welcoming and super fun people to work with.”

Jun. 25, 2019

“My coworkers and I didn't necessarily enjoy the work itself but we were able to make it fun.”

Naomi's Catering, Inc.Naomi's Catering, Inc.
Catering Manager
Jan. 24, 2021

“Yes the pay is about 20 a hour but the stress and the verbal/physical abuse is not worth the pay.”

Compass Group USACompass Group USA
Aug. 18, 2020

“Good pay for work and a sense that hard work will progress career”

Heavy Restaurant GroupHeavy Restaurant Group
Oct. 27, 2020

“Great people and fun industry to work in”

John Lewis & PartnersJohn Lewis & Partners
Catering Assistant
Jun. 19, 2019

“Good pay and reviews regularly”

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