‘Cater’ originates from old French ‘acater’, with the meaning of ‘buy’. Not until late 16th century had it combined with ‘cate’ and became the ‘cater’ we know today. This term was originally coined by the Merchant Marines, who were among the first to employ catering officers for their vessels. These catering officers were responsible for purchasing goods, preparing food, and serving the meals and beverages to the other people on board the vessels.
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