How you react in an emergency situation can make a world of difference when it comes to the safety of those in your kitchen, or the event which you are catering. Walk the interviewer through how you would react when it comes to a kitchen related emergency. Be sure to show that you know how to remain calm, make smart decisions under pressure, and keep your team's safety front of mind.
In the foodservice industry, your new employee orientation should include locating the emergency exits, first aid supplies, and fire extinguishers. You should be trained on evacuation procedures and muster points as well as receive orientation on any potential on-site hazards.
"In the event of a grease fire, I would pull the alarm, locate the nearest fire extinguisher and, recalling my training, deploy the extinguisher. I would order my team to evacuate the kitchen as well. One can never be too careful in a situation such as that, and it's important to act fast, yet with control."
"I have been trained, if a grease fire occurs, to turn off the heat source and cover the flame with a metal lid if possible, preventing the flame from growing. Then, I would pour salt or baking soda on the flame, to extinguish it. Although it is instinct, the last thing that should be done is dousing the flame with water. I react well in emergency situations, and am sure to remain calm and in control."