Food runners are restaurant workers who assist waitstaff and bartenders with bringing food from the kitchen to customers’ tables. Some restaurants require workers to be food runners before becoming waiters. It takes skill and organization to be an effective food runner.

Responsibilities include:

  • Delivering food orders from the kitchen to customers’ tables rapidly and accurately.
  • Acting as the point of contact between front of the house and back of the house staff.
  • Communicating food orders to chefs, paying attention to priorities (e.g. food allergies).
  • When the food runner delivers the food, he or she may also check to see if the customer has everything he needs and can deliver any additional items.
  • Remove dirty dishes and utensils.
  • Assist the wait staff with table setting by fetching and placing appropriate tableware, eating utensils and napkins.
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