Head Waiter / Sommelier
A Head Waiter/Sommelier has the responsibility of serving and selling wine to guests, and will recommend suitable wines for all types of food, occasions and budgets
- To welcome and seat diners, advising each on their choice of food and wine and taking their order
- To organise and manage their team: organise their work and training newly recruited staff members
- To organise the layout of the dining room to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere
- To co-ordinate with the kitchen
- To ensure that his or her team offers the highest level of service in the welcome it extends to its customers and the way its serves their meals
- To ensure health and safety rules are complied with
- To manage stocks; including the correct storage of wines
- To ensure the continuity of the equipment supplied for his or her use
- Sales Skills
- The ability to listen: detecting and anticipating needs
- Attention to detail
- In depth knowledge of wine
- Good relationship skills: being responsible for welcoming diners
Qualifications and Training
There are a variety of courses and qualifications you can earn to become a professional Sommelier. In College you should be taking general BTEC’s in Food and Safety; as you progress you may want to look into other courses given by specialist bodies.
A Head Waiter/Sommelier can expect to earn between £19,000 and £25,000 a year, with an average salary of £21,000
Salary rates vary depending upon your experience, as well as the company. These figures are only intended as a guide.*
The bonus bits…
You can turn a love of wine into a career!
You’ll have the opportunity to work in some of the most reputable and sophisticated restaurants and hotels in the country.
*Figures supplied by caterer.com November 2013