Catering Companies

Everyone has to eat, and that's a fact. If there is only one rig working anywhere in the world, there will be a catering company on site preparing meals. Count on it. If you can't get on any other way, consider working with a catering company. Here's why. The main reason is you will be on the rig. Even if you are washing dishes, making beds or mopping floors, you are ON THE RIG! This is the most important step in securing offshore employment. So get yourself offshore however you can.

The first thing any recruiter in the offshore oil & gas industry is going to ask you is "Do you have prior offshore experience?". If you have worked offshore with a catering company, you can say yes. You have been on the rig, you know what the rig looks like, you are familiar with the day to day operations, crew changes and emergency procedures.

There has been many occasion when the rig was shorthanded and the tool pusher hired someone right out of the catering department to fill the vacancy. Remember, if you have NO previous offshore experience and want to work offshore, the first thing you need to do is to get some, and catering companies often provide a door in when there is no other way.

However, in order to work for an offshore catering company, you must have previous culinary or hospitality experience. Offshore catering companies have increased the standards of the food and hospitality services they offer since the oil & gas companies are now hiring more educated employees who expect hotel style services.

Rig catering departments are composed of various positions, mainly utility / prep cooks, day / night cooks, head cooks and a camp boss. The number on board depends on the size of the vessel and can range from 2 to 3 to several dozen.

Work schedules vary from company to company. You could work the following rotations depending on the site: 14 days on and 7 days off, 21 days on and 7 days off, 28 days on and 14 days off, 14 days on and 14 days off, 21 days on and 21 days off.

Wages vary from company to company, but this is a general average:
Utility / Prep Cooks: $850 to $1,060 per week
Day Cooks/ Steward: $1,272 to $1900 per week
Night Cooks: $1,166 to $1,325 per week

Camp Bosses: $1,500 to $2,000 per week

Highlighted sites have career links on their web page, most of them with vacancies / job postings which need to be filled ASAP. Good luck! And please keep us posted as to your results.

Compass-USA, Charlotte, North Carolina
Compass Group North America is the leader in foodservice management and support services. We serve six million meals a day, from corporate cafes to school lunches, from vending to restaurants. 

Sodexo Remote Sites USA,  New Orleans, LA Houston, TX Ventura, CA
Provides a wide range of catering and hospitality services at remote sites around the world for the offshore, oilfield and marine industry.

Sonoco, Houma, LA, USA
Offshore catering, housekeeping and grocery sales exclusively for the offshore industry.

Taylor's International, Lafayette, LA, USA
International catering company with 10,000 plus employees working in 25 countries.

Trinity Catering, Inc. Aberdeen, Scotland
Specialist hotel services and design solutions for land based / marine / offshore installations.