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Maitre d’Hotel Job Description

A maitre d’hotel is a headwaiter in a restaurant or a hotel dining room. Their job involves checking reservations, organizing serving areas, supervising waiting staff and ensuring that guests are properly served.

A maitre d’hotel should be polite, friendly, reliable and helpful, and have the ability to motivate, manage and lead others. They should also have good communication, interpersonal and presentation skills, and the ability to make good plans and manage stress.

What does a Maitre d’Hotel do?

Maitres d’hotel may do some or all of the following:

Working Conditions

Maitres d’hotel may work long, irregular hours including evenings and weekends. They work in restaurants, hotels and eating places. Their job may require them to enter public areas, and work in noisy conditions.

What is Required to Become a Maitre d’Hotel?

There are no standard entry requirements to become a maitre d’hotel, but employers will prefer to hire candidates with a post secondary qualification in hospitality. Maitres d’hotel gain skills on the job.

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Maitres d’hotel need to have:


Alternative Careers

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