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Different Styles of Service

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Food service has a number of different styles of service. Style of service should be selected based on the type of food  being served. There are various methods in which the service of the food can be done on the guest table. The two most popular food service styles are ‘Pre – plated service’ and ‘Silver service.’ Read on the various styles of food services and become a pro!

1. Sliver service/Platter to plate/English service
This involves presentation and service of food to the guest by the restaurant staff from the food platter or dish to the guest plate, with the help of a service gear. Always done from the left hand side of the guest. Professional silver service is all about mastering the technique of using service gear held in the right hand to transfer items to the guest plate from a service dish held in the left hand.

2. Pre-plated service/American service
A service of pre-plated food to the guest by the restaurant staff carried out from the right hand side of the guest. This demands the service staff to be skilled in carrying plates without disturbing the food arranged on them. Usually involves carrying two or three plates in the left hand and no more than four plates in the right hand at a time. Usually practiced in coffee shops or restaurants serving Western cuisine.

3. Family service/French service
A very simple method of service in which the serving dishes are presented to the guests and placed on the dining table, allowing the guest to select and serve himself. Such service is usually found in restaurants serving Indian cuisine.

4. Buffet service
A huge presentation of food items, hot and cold, different cuisines. The service staff positions itself behind the buffet and assists the guests by plating their food for them as they select it, using the silver service technique.

5. Gueridon service
The term ‘Gueridon’ means a trolley used for the preparation or finishing of food. A trolley is used to cook various ingredients, involving a lot of showmanship such as flambé, carving etc. Done next to the guest table. Can either be an elaborate piece of moveable furniture or a simple dining table.

6. Russian service
Food, which usually consists of a whole roast, is presented to the host, then taken back to the side station by the service staff, which is then served to the guests. Not a popular style of service.

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