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5. Should you include references on a food service specialist resume?

We do not recommend that you include references on your resume. Nearly all employers understand that they can simply request candidates’ references. You should think of your references as taking up valuable space that can further establish your qualifications. It is almost always better to focus on the content of your resume. You can use our food service specialist resume sample to improve your content.

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Grace Mitchell

123 Fake Street
City, State, Zip Code
Cell: 000-000-0000
E-Mail: email@email.com


Motivated Food Service Specialist with 6+ years experience in hospital and military settings. Knowledge of a wide variety of kitchen equipment and cooking techniques in a fast-paced environment. Proven ability to produce large numbers of meals under tight deadlines.


Meal preparation
Vegetable dicing
Butchering techniques
Hot and cold food
Safety conscious

California Food Handlers Card
Recipe design and modification
Cost control


September 2011 to Current
Company Name City, State
Food Service Specialist

Maintain clean and sanitary work environment at all times.
Create baked, fried, grilled, broiled, boiled, and roasted dishes.
Serve cafeteria meals and set up carts for room deliveries.
Follow safety procedures and hospital policies at all times.
Take on advanced role of directing trainee specialist work and training in proper handling and serving procedures.

May 2007 to August 2011
Company Name City, State
Food Service Speciliast

Followed National Guard recipes to prepare a variety of foods.
Prepared meals ranging from a few select members to over 1,000 service members at once.
Operated, cleaned, and maintained kitchen equipment.
Adhered to all safety guidelines.


2015 University of California City, State
Bachelor of Science Business Administration

Currently pursuing Business Administration degree with coursework emphasis in Accounting, Finance, and Business Communication
National Guard City, State

Basic Training
Advanced Individual Training, Food Service Specialist