Provide advice on food and beverage matching (Superseded)

Note: SITHFAB017 is superseded by SITHFAB037

This unit is an accredited training resource consistent with the Nationally Recognised Training requirements for Vocational Education and Training (VET) and is ideal for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) in Australia. It consists of Learning Resource Material (instructional theory), an Assessment Workbook, and information about assessment mapping to the Performance Criteria, Knowledge Evidence, and Performance Evidence requirements of this accredited unit.

Our SITHFAB017 training product is available for purchase as a hardcopy (printed) book in both Learner Guide and Trainer/Assessor Guide variants. This unit is available for enrolment and online training/assessment via Catapult LMS (Learning Management System). NOTE: If you are a training provider, please do your own validation, in accordance with your Training and Assessment Strategy (TAS).

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This unit 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.

Unit mapping information

SITHFAB310 Provide advice on food and beverage matching

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements

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.

Foundation skills

Foundation skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit of competency.

Unit sector or competency field

Hospitality—Food and Beverage

Prerequisite, co-requisite or interdependent assessment of units

SITHFAB002 Provide responsible service of alcohol

Assessment conditions

Skills must be demonstrated in an operational restaurant or food and beverage outlet. This can be:

  • an industry workplace

  • a simulated industry environment.

Assessment must ensure access to:

  • stock:

    • meals from all the major food types and for entrees, main courses, accompaniments, desserts and cheeses

    • wide commercial range of alcoholic beverages:

      • Australian and imported wines

      • beers, spirits and liqueurs

  • organisational specifications:

    • current beverage product information in sales kits, brochures, product manuals, and supplier information kits

    • current food information in recipes and descriptive menus

    • information databases and computerised information sources

    • food and beverage menus

  • kitchen staff with whom the individual can interact

  • industry-realistic ratio of service staff to customers; these can be:

    • customers in an industry workplace during the assessment process; or

    • individuals who participate in role plays or simulated activities, set up for the purpose of assessment, in a simulated industry environment operated within a training organisation

Assessors must satisfy the Standards for Registered Training Organisations’ requirements for assessors; and:

  • have worked in industry for at least three years where they have applied the skills and knowledge of this unit of competency.

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