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commis de rang

English translation: commis de rang - or waiter/waitress


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French term or phrase:commis de rang
English translation:commis de rang - or waiter/waitress
Entered by: Rachel Fell
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18:57 Jan 4, 2011
French to English translations [Non-PRO]
Bus/Financial - Other / Restaurants
French term or phrase: commis de rang
from a certificat de travail, its a job within a restaurant - probably front of house more than in the kitchen as the person in question doesn't have catering training, and all her other jobs are as sommelier, chef de rang etc.

just waiter perhaps?? (since chef de rang is head waiter.. and that happened after this job)
Jackie Doble
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commis de rang - or waiter/waitress
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Rachel Fell
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Local time: 21:51
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Summary of answers provided
5front waiter
Stephanie Ezrol
4 +1assistant waitercc in nyc
3 +1commis de rang - or waiter/waitress
Rachel Fell

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commis de rang - or waiter/waitress


Rachel Fell
United Kingdom
Local time: 21:51
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Notes to answerer
Asker: Thanks, elsewhere I have found it listed as the least experienced waiter in the team, but I don't think it can be the case as she is also a sommelier, so I will go with your suggustion :-)

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Annie Estéphan: Dictionnaire anglais-français de l'hôtellerie et de la restauration avec lexique français-anglais / Charles Dupont, Jacques Lethuillier avec la collaboration de Yvan Grégoire et Bernard Specht. --
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  -> Merci Annie :-)
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42 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +1
assistant waiter

Termium gives assistant waiter but also lists commis waiter and commis de rang. I'd use any of these for a (high-end) restaurant business audience.

Note added at 42 mins (2011-01-04 19:40:55 GMT)

Oops, forgot to turn bold off.

Note added at 43 mins (2011-01-04 19:41:20 GMT)

Try that again.

cc in nyc
Local time: 16:51
Native speaker of: English
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agree  Rajinder Arora:
2 days14 hrs
  -> Thank you. Termium and the GDT are often in synch (both Canadian, eh?)
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front waiter

You might even want to leave the French in parentheses as this term is related to a type of French restaurant service with a very definite type of structure. It is very different than being merely a waiter.

All of the sources below are very interesting in discussing that structure. The most definitive source, from a US standpoint is the last one from the Culinary institute of America which is a premier training school in the US.

Commis de Rang
Also called the front waiter, the commis de rang assists the Chef de Rang. The Commis de Rang is the actual server of the food
to guest.

Also gives the structure and definitions of this type of division of labor

Commis de Rang
second in command of the kitchen, the front waiter takes the order from the captain; relays it to the kitchen from the point of sale system or with a hand dupe; and serves the food with assistance from the captain. The front waiter often assists the captain in taking some orders, or assists the commis de suite in bringing the food from the kitchen. The front waiter’s position may not be as glamorous as that of the captain, but the captain relies heavily on the front waiter’s efficiency
Remarkable Service: A Guide to Winning and Keeping Customers for Servers, Managers, and Restaurant Owners. John Wiley and Sons, 2009. The Culinary Institute of America.

Stephanie Ezrol
United States
Local time: 16:51
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
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Changes made by editors
Jan 9, 2011 - Changes made by Rachel Fell:
Created KOG entryKudoZ term » KOG term
Jan 5, 2011 - Changes made by Stéphanie Soudais:
FieldOther » Bus/Financial
Field (specific)Wine / Oenology / Viticulture » Other
Field (write-in)restaurants » Restaurants

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