Food and Beverage Service Competency Model

Employability and Technical Skills that Lead to Success

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) developed the first-ever competency model for the food service industry. The Food and Beverage Service Competency Model profiles the employability and technical skills essential to achieving life-long career success in the industry and codifies the skills learned at each level of a restaurant industry career. The model provides a framework for understanding career pathways in the industry and aligns with the Common Employability Skills framework.

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) is raising awareness and increasing use of the Food and Beverage Service Competency Model among human resources practitioners, educators/trainers and workforce development influencers and leaders within the industry. The ultimate goal is to encourage employers to implement competency-based recruiting, screening and hiring practices by understanding how the competency model displays the competencies needed to ultimately achieve upward mobility in the restaurant and foodservice sector and provides a framework for understanding career pathways.