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James | Restaurant Manager

James Sheridan Restaurant Manager at Ivan’s Oyster Bar and Grill, Dublin

When I was 15 I’d just finished my junior Cert and I was looking for a part time job, when heard that the local pizza restaurant were looking for staff I ended up helping out in the kitchens, I wanted to get out front and see what it was like out there, so I was working as a waiter and taking reservations and taking orders and everything like that and I just loved it, so when I left school why leave the part time job, why not make it a career. I decided I wanted some formal training When I got in touch with Failte Ireland they had numerous courses that I could choose from, I went for the Hospitality skills course at Waterford Institute of Technology - it’s a two year course combining practical and theory - this gave me a great base of knowledge and the formal training I really needed.

From then on I moved to several restaurants, I worked in L'Ecrivain which is a one star Michelin Star restaurant. I worked for the four Seasons and I was chosen to represent Ireland at restaurant service awards in Japan in 2007 where I won a medallion of excellence. After that I returned to my current position.

In my job as a restaurant manager there is no typical day - everyday is different which is what I love about it. I come in at 10am, make sure staff are in, open the restaurant, check my emails, make sure staff are ready and presentable, I greet all the guests coming in with a smile and friendly face, making them feel warm and welcome, making sure everyone leaves happy and well looked after. It can be long hours but there are perks as well - sometimes I just do the lunch shifts then I’m off in the evening, sometimes I do dinner shifts where I’m off all day and some days I’ll be working from 12 o clock to 9 o clock. It’s so flexible, that’s the best part of my job seeing the same faces all the time and them knowing that you are going to give them a nice meal.

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