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									Training Manual


Trainee Information                            3

Certificate of Completion                      4

Introduction                                   5

Be Organised                                   6

Prior to Service                               7

Exceeding Customer’s Expectations              8

Using Service Cutlery                          9

Silver Service Procedures                      10

Silver Service – Important Points to Note      11

Self Assessment Test                           12

Training Manual

Providing Silver Service

This Manual is designed to provide you, the employee, with a full knowledge of
how to provide a silver service and the different methods associated with such a
service. You will be able to demonstrate a good ability in silver service practice,
acting according to the requirements of your organisation.

                            Trainee Information

Name:               ____________________________________________

Manager:            ____________________________________________

Commenced:          ______ / ______ / ______ (DD/MM/YYYY)

Completed:          ______ / ______ / ______ (DD/MM/YYYY)

Completed:          ______ / ______ / ______ (DD/MM/YYYY)

Certificate of Completion

I   _______________________        (Manager/Supervisor)     hereby    certify   that

_______________________ (Employee Name) has successfully completed their

training in “Providing Silver Service” and is fully qualified under the requirements

of the establishment in which they are employed herewith.

                     (Signature of Manager/Supervisor)


                           (Signature of Trainee)




The style of silver service adds a grandeur and occasion to any event, and when
done well, an impression is left with the customer that will reflect favourably on
your establishment. However, as with all types of service, in order to perfect the
art of silver service – practice makes perfect! There are no quick solutions to
becoming proficient at silver service, and wherever possible you should practice –
a great tip is to practice at home with your family, so that you become comfortable
with the service techniques.

Silver service involves taking the food to the customers table on a serving platter –
sometimes called a flat. The hot dinner plates are already placed on the table and
then the waiter transfers the food from the platter onto each plate using a fork
and a spoon – sometimes two forks or two spoons are used, this depends on the
food being served at the time.

It is possible that there may only be a policy to serve certain dishes as silver
service, such as the vegetables accompanying a dish or the bread. Speed is also
of the utmost importance, as you may be serving a table of about 10-12 people,
so they all need to be served with hot food – don’t let it get cold due to slowness
of service.

Be Organised

When providing silver service, waiting staff need to be organised and efficient.
Standards must be set at a very high level, as at this level of service the customer
expects extremely efficient working practices. You need to be comfortable in your
work space and confident in your ability to carry out all the service procedures
 Take great care when serving customers with silver service as not to disturb
  them for too long. Be aware of leaning very close to the customer or hovering
  around, a customer will not appreciate too long a service in this regard.
 Remember, as with all work practice, make each movement count. If you are
  empty handed and going to the kitchen, collect dirty dishes or glasses on your
 Be organised, by ensuring your workspace is kept clean, tidy and well stocked at
  all times.
 Health & Safety is of the utmost important, so remember there are always sharp
  implements about, so handle with care.
 Keep within your specified work area, so as not to disturb other staff members.
 Keep all areas clean at all times.
 Maintain the work ethic of ‘clean as you go’. This always makes it easier when
  clearing up at the end of a shift.
 Remember – work quickly but efficiently – because you are using silver service
  to serve the food, there is more of a chance that the food will cool down.

Prior to Service

Before you enter into serving the customer, you must ensure that your workplace
is prepared. This is known as mise-en-place. It is your responsibility to ensure
that all utensils and equipment is clean and ready for service.

All equipment and service items will need to be checked prior to service:

 Each time you serve a new platter, you will need a new set of serving utensils.
  Ensure that these are always to hand.
 Ensure that all your waiters cloths are folded and easily accessible for service.
 Check all lined to ensure it is clean, pressed, free from holes and stains.
 Ensure all equipment is clean and polished (if required)
 Check that crockery is free from damage
 Silver should be cleaned on a regular basis (to prevent tarnishing). Make this a
  regular part of your job.
 Check stock levels, as you must have enough equipment to see you through the
  service period.
 Immediately prior to service you may need to bring hot plates from the kitchen.

Remember, the more prepared you are prior to service, the better your service will
be and the easier your job will become. Without organisation - chaos will rule.

Exceeding Customers Expectations

There will always be a need to provide additional service to some customers who
make requests that are not on the menu, or who require special service for a
special occasion.
When a customer has a request for something a little unusual, or out of the
ordinary, it is important to get it right and be patient when responding to the
request. It may take a little extra time, but by providing the customer with an
excellent service, the rewards are great. Certain requirements can be:
 A table which can accommodate a wheelchair or high chair for an infant
 A table by the window
 A cake to celebrate a birthday or anniversary
 A table for two for a romantic dinner
 A large, round table.

There are also many reasons a customer will ask for something that is not on the
 Coeliac
 Vegetarian or Vegan
 On a specific type of diet
 Gluten free diet
 Certain dietary requirements
 A fussy customer
 The customer doesn’t like anything that is on the menu.

You need to be prepared for the unexpected, and ready with your reply to assist
the customer, in whatever their requirement may be.

Using Service Cutlery

Silver service involves taking the food to the customers table on a serving platter –
sometimes called a flat. The hot dinner plates are already placed on the table and
then the waiter transfers the food from the platter onto each plate using a fork
and a spoon – sometimes two forks or two spoons are used, this depends on the
food being served at the time.

The correct procedure for using service cutlery is:

 Holding the fork and spoon in your right hand (or left, if you are left-handed),
  ensure that the spoon and fork are facing upwards, with the fork sitting in the
 Make sure that you feel comfortable in holding the spoon & fork. Your palm and
  fingers must cover both handles.
 For a lever to open and close the spoon and fork, insert your first finger halfway
  between the spoon and fork handles.
 This is the basic technique for silver service.
 When serving larger items such as bread rolls, and roast potatoes, turn the fork
  around so that the prongs are facing downwards. This will give a more secure
  service as the fork prongs will hold the item safely.
 It will become more difficult when you have to serve softer items, such as fish or
  omelettes. To make this easier, use two fish knives in the same way as the fork
  and spoon, and spread them out to give you better support.
 Practice makes perfect. Use raw vegetables and fruit to practice on – it doesn’t
  matter if you drop them!!

Silver Service Procedures

Placing the Plates
 Remember, the most important rule of thumb is – hot plates for hot food, cold
  plates for cold food.
 Always hold the plates in a pile on your left hand, on a service cloth.
 Approaching the customer from the right hand side, place the plate in front of
  the customer, holding it by the rim in a service cloth.
 If the plate has a specific pattern, or logo, ensure that the logo is at the top of
  the setting, facing the customer.

Portion sizes
 The chef will have determined the portion sizes for each service item. You must
  be aware of this prior to service.
 Each serving of meat and vegetables will be portioned as well, e.g. 3 roast
  potatoes per person, 2 slices of beef, etc.
 The meat will generally be on its own platter to be served separate from the
  vegetables and potatoes.
 Ask the customer if they would like certain types of food before serving it. This
  saves on waste food.
 If you are running out of food during service, do not decrease portion sizes.
  Apologise, leave the table and return with replenished items.

Silver Service – Important Points to Note

 Always silver serve from the left. Bend forward toward the customer so that the
  platter just covers over the customers plate. Bend your knees if you need but
  not your back, as this will cause the platter to slope.
 The guest to the left of the host is served first.
 Serve the main item first – usually the meat, fish, etc.
 The potatoes are served second, with the vegetables afterwards. These are all
  served in separate portions on the plates.
 Gravy or sauce is served last – usually in a gravy boat.
 The gravy boat rests on a plate in your left hand with the lip of the sauceboat
  facing the customer.
 When serving the gravy (or sauce), follow the service technique for food.
 Hold the service spoon in your right hand and fill it from the sauceboat by
  moving it towards you.
 Pour the sauce over the food by moving the spoon away from you. Let the
  sauce glide over the food.
 Do not cover more than 1/3 of the food on the plate.
 Any accompaniments are left to the side of the plate.
 There should be no food served on the rim of the plate.
 When serving sweet or savoury flans, always place the point of the flan towards
  the customer. As with all types of silver service, presentation is everything.
 Always ask the customer if they would like sauce, gravy, etc. Never assume that
  a customer will have everything.
 Don’t let the service cutlery drip around the table. Always keep your cutlery
  above the serving dish.
 Move around the table to the right.
 The last person to be served is always the host of the table.


The following test is designed to assist you in remembering all the things you have
learnt in this Training Manual.

1.    What does ‘silver service’ mean, when it comes to service?

2.    What must you prepare, prior to service?

3.    Name several different special requirements a customer may have?

4.    Describe the correct way to hold your fork and spoon when providing silver

5.    Which customer is served first and who is served last?


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