This unit (SITHFAB017) describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to evaluate a range of beverages and their compatibility with different food items and cuisines, provide advice to customers on their selection, and continuously extend personal product knowledge to enhance customer service. Beverages can include wine, beer, spirits and liqueurs.
The unit applies to hospitality organisations that serve food and beverage, including hotels, restaurants, wineries, fine food outlets and clubs. Advice on food and beverage matching might also be provided by wholesalers to hospitality outlets and by retail liquor outlets to retail customers.
The unit applies to frontline sales and operational personnel who operate with some level of independence and under limited supervision to provide advice to others about the matching of beverages to food items and cuisines. This includes beverage sales consultants, bar specialists, sommeliers, and other senior bar and food and beverage attendants.
The sale and service of alcohol is subject to the provisions of Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) law in each state and territory of Australia. Skills and knowledge for compliance with this law are covered by the prerequisite unit SITHFAB002 Provide responsible service of alcohol.