The food runners as expediters. A runner’s primary duty is to pick up food as soon as the cook or chef finishes the order, ensure that the order is complete and accurate, and then deliver the food to the dining room. In some establishments, the runner delivers the tray of food to the table and steps aside for the server to place the plates in front of the correct diner, but in other restaurants, the runner is responsible for placing the plates. Runners may fill or refill beverage orders, deliver checks, remove dirty dishes as diners complete each course or deliver condiments requested by guests. If needed, runners may bus tables or perform other tasks to assist servers.