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Food Runner Job Description

food runner job description

A food runner swiftly delivers accurate orders to customers. They collaborate with waitstaff to maintain the cleanliness of the restaurant, organize order tickets and prepare tables for new guests.

food runner job description

Key attributes for success in this role include strong organizational abilities to coordinate orders efficiently, adaptability and effective communication.

Food Runner Job Overview

We are seeking an energetic and professional food runner to contribute to [Restaurant name’s] success. In this position, you will perform tasks such as preparing tables, serving orders and enhancing the overall dining experience through collaboration with both kitchen and waitstaff.

This is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience in the restaurant industry and demonstrate your ability to deliver outstanding service.

We’re looking for a candidate who can work under pressure and communicate effectively with both staff members and customers.

Salary: $7–$25/hour

Tips: Yes

Schedule: Full-Time (40 hours per week), with the possibility of overtime beyond 40 hours per week

Food Runner Duties & Responsibilities

  • Deliver food orders from the kitchen to guests quickly
  • Support kitchen and waitstaff for smooth operations and clean setup
  • Prepare trays and manage order tickets
  • Help customers with orders and explain specials
  • Handle impromptu requests from customers and report feedback to management
  • Respond to customers’ inquiries about ingredients and menu items
  • Provide welcome drinks and hors d’oeuvres when customers arrive
  • Work calmly and efficiently in challenging situations

Food Runner Qualifications & Skills

  • Self-motivated with high energy and effective verbal communication
  • Knowledge of hygiene and food safety rules
  • Physical strength for tray carrying and long hours on your feet
  • Strong multitasking and organizational skills
  • Ability to follow directions
  • Ability to stay professional in high-pressure situations
  • Ability to maintain a professional demeanor and appearance

Food Runner Education & Experience Requirements

  • High School diploma or GED
  • Prior experience in a similar restaurant role is strongly preferred

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