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What is the purpose of gueridon service?
- Gives highly personalized service, and a high level of customer satisfaction to the guest.
- Impress the guest by demonstrating cooking, flambeing, and carving skills.
- Turns food and service into entertainment.
- Ensures exact serving temperature and stage for any dishes sensitive to this.
- Makes the guest curious and order the dishes.
- Stimulate demands in other guests for that level of attention.
What is the procedure of gueridon service?
- Place all the mise en place on the trolley for the dish to be carved.
- Collect the dish with accompanying vegetables, potatoes, gravies, and garnish.
- Place the accompanying vegetables, potatoes, and garnishes in a chafing dish or food warmer.
- The joint plate is kept in the plate warmer, while the curlery is set up at the table.
- Carry the plate by holding the rim or edge of the plate.
- Carve the dish according to the procedures of the establishment.
- Maintain the temperature of the dish. In case it becomes cold, heat it.
- Arrange the portion of the carved dish on joint plates and accompanying vegetables which are collected from the plate warmer at the appropriate time by the assistant waiter.
- Potatoes should be placed at 12 o’clock, vegetables at 10 o’clock, and the meat at 6 o’clock position on the plate.
- Place the accompanying gravy at the 3 o’clock position.
- Place the plate from the right-hand side of the guest in such a way that the meat is closer to the guest.
History of Gueridon service
The Gueridon trolley originated in Russia in the early 18th Century. However, the popularity gained from Monte Carlo (situated between Italy and France and ruled by Monaco Monarchy) in 1894. The first claimed flambéed dish was Crepe Suzette, which was invented by Henry Carpenter when working as a Commi at Café de Paris.
Types of trolleys used in Gueridon service
1. Hors d’ oeuvre varies trolley
It displays 10 to 12 varieties of appetizers. The containers holding appetizers are placed over ice. The trolley is designed in such a way that it has provision for holding ice and containers. It has adequate cold half plates, necessary service gear to transfer the horse d’ oeuvre selected by the guest on the cold half plate, and the appropriate accompanying sauce.
2. Salad trolley
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3. Food preparation, carving, and flambe trolley
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4. Cheese trolley
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5. Liqueur trolley
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The equipment used in gueridon service
1. Flare lamp
This piece of equipment is operated with methylated spirit and has a reservoir for fuel, a wick with an adjustment knob, a chimney, and a grid. It is 8 to 10 inches high with a grid of diameter 6 to 8 inches.
2. Gas stove
The gas burner is lowered to the level of the trolley and the gas cylinder or bottle is placed under the gas burner in a chamber and connected to the stove, the gas control knob is near the burner at a convenient position for the waiter to control the flame.
3. Chafing dish
It is a container holding hot water on which a food container is kept to retain the temperature of the food. It is also used to cook custard for certain sweet preparations. A chafing dish with a safety valve or steam outlet is used in carving trolley
4. Suzette pan
It is a sauteed pan with a thick bottom and a lip. It is normally made of copper lined with corrosion-resistant, non-reactive metal, such as tin, nickel, and stainless steel. It is used for flambeing and cooking.
5. Carving Board
Carving of meat and poultry should be carried out on a carving board and for each category of meat and poultry, a separate carving board should be used.
Advantages and disadvantages of gueridon service
- Highly personalized service The wait staff prepares or carves the dish and serves the guest personally
- High level of customer satisfaction. The dishes are prepared, carved, or flambeed in the guest’s presence
- Good merchandising device. Guests will be tempted to order dishes that are served from the trolley.
- Wait staff can exhibit their culinary, carving, and service skills, the wait staff has an opportunity to impress the guests by demonstrating their cooking, flaming, carving, and skills to them.
- High average spending power. The revenue generated will be more as the dishes served from the trolley are always expensive.
6 Disadvantages of Gueridon service
- Slow service. The time taken to the extent the service from the trolley is more.
- Low seat turnover. The number of times a seat is sold during operation hours will be low as the service takes more time.
- Expensive style of service
- The chances of an accident are more
- More investment in-service equipment
- Cooking in the service area may leave an odor
Dishes prepared in gueridon service
- Salad: Salad is served as an appetizer or horse d’ oeuvre, or as an accompaniment with the main course.
- Prawn cocktail: It is a shellfish appetizer or horse d’ oeuvre.
- Escalope De Veau a La Creme: It is an entree served as the main course.
- Escalope De Veau a La Creme et Champignons: It is an entree served as the main course.
- Escalope De Veau au madere: It is an entree served as the main course.
- Escalope De Veau pene: It is an entree served as the main course.
- Steak Tartare: It is an entree served as the main course. This preparation is served raw.
- Entrecote Aux Champignons (Sirloin steak with mushrooms): It is an entree served as the main course.