Career Profile: Food & Beverage Director
The food and beverage director oversees management, budget and operation of the food service establishment, catering services and kitchen, and maintains a close liaison with the sales department to ensure maximum profitability.
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While many food and beverage directors have a background in the food preparation business, having attained degrees in the culinary arts, this is not required. What is extremely beneficial is a graduate degree in business or sales, such as an MBA, in addition to a passion for and understanding of the culinary industry.
The food service industry is projected to grow from a $379 billion industry in 2007 to one of $558.3 in 2008. Employment of food and beverage directors is expected to grow at a rate of 11% every year until at least 2016.