How to Carry a Square Tray as a Waiter

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Square trays can be more difficult to carry than regular circular ones. Find out how to carry a square tray as a waiter with help from a longtime restaurant manager in this free video clip.

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Hello, I'm Mary King from We're here at the beautiful Chaya Brasserie in Beverly Hills, California talking about how to carry a square tray as a waiter. Something you always want to keep in mind when you're carrying square tray like this for tray pass, you want to carry it in your less dominant hand. For most people, that's your left hand, but if you're left-handed, you'll put it in your right hand because you want to keep your dominant hand free in case you have to bus anything, in case you need to help with guests, in case you need to catch yourself of you're a little off balance; always keep your dominant hand free. And in your dominant hand, whenever you're tray passing anything, you want to always carry cocktail napkins. You can offer those to guests as their standings so they don't have to worry about if they have a little extra sauce or something like that, they can take a napkin and then take the little treat of the appetizer or things like that. If you have anything that has a skewer in it though, you want to make sure that you have a wedge of lemon or lime, citrus, anything really so the guests can put their skewers or toothpicks in that, otherwise, you'll be finding toothpicks and skewers all over your dining room and nobody wants to bus those. They find their way in the cracks and crevices, just make sure you have something there for them to put those in. It's usually helpful I find if you go ahead and put a skewer in there already so you can direct the guests very easily on how to do that. I'm Mary King from and that's just a little bit about how to carry a square tray as a waiter.


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