For a memorable meal, the quality of the service is something that guests often remember as much as the food and drink served.

This means that restaurant servers must show extensive knowledge of all types of cuisine and dishes, especially the ingredients and cooking style of the dishes on an a la carte menu. They will need to know and understand the methods of preparation and serving, along with the tools used.

This competition focuses on the role of front of house staff in a range of food and beverage operations.

Competitors should have good practical skills and a sound understanding of different styles of food & beverage service; formal & casual dining, table, table theatre, gueridon & silver service, cocktail & mocktail preparation & service, as well as knowledge & appreciation of wines, liqueurs & spirits.

Competitors in Professional Restaurant Service must also be able to display good social skills, excellent personal presentation as well as safe and hygienic working practices.

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The skills you need to demonstrate

  • Presentation Skills

  • Time management

  • Customer service skills

  • Health, safety & hygiene

  • Organisational skills

  • Problem solving

  • Teamwork

  • Interpersonal skills

Entry criteria

  • This is an individual competition.
  • There is no limit to the number of competitors permitted to enter this competition per organisation.
  • Competitors must be familiar with the core competencies (these can be found in the ‘useful information’ section below) and be training or working in Food & Beverage Service or Hospitality.
  • Competitors must be studying towards a Level 3 qualification have achieved a Level 3 qualification in the last 12 months.

How it works

Our competitions are open to all so please register between 27 February – 24 March 2023

The first stage of competition is a remote or online test (where applicable)

Competitors take part in competitions in venues across the UK or online

Scores are quality assured and Finalists are announced

Competitors prepare and practise in readiness for the National Finals

The Finalists come together to compete in the National Finals

Competitors who are age eligible and have achieved the benchmark score will be invited to opt into Squad UK during December 2024 for the WorldSkills 2026 Cycle, subject to the skill progressing to the international competition cycle.

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