What skills do you need to work in a restaurant?

Working in a restaurant can be many things: exciting, stimulating and, at times, a little hectic!

Those who've worked in restaurants all their life will often tell you there's no other job like it. The buzz in the room can be infectious, and you get to talk to lots of different people and make sure they have a great experience.

So what does it take to succeed in the hospitality sector? We've asked Roberto Paterna, who manages the Union Street Café by Gordon Ramsay, to give us his top tips on having a fulfilling career in his industry. Roberto is one of the employers featured in Stacey Dooley's new programme The Nine to Five.

Roberto Paterna, manager of Gordon Ramsay's Union Street Café, gives his top tips on working in hospitality.

Roberto's top tips:

  • Be prepared to start from the bottom, but show passion and enthusiasm
  • Show a desire to learn, and the more experienced staff will guide and nurture you
  • You will have to work long hours, night shifts and weekends, but the more effort you put into it, the more you will get back
  • Show your boss that you're willing to do more
  • It's not an easy job, but it can really give you a career path and immense satisfaction.
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