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Catering Management Courses

What Is Catering Management?

Catering management is part of the food services industry, and involves the planning and organisation of food and beverage services for various types of events. Important aspects of catering management include: meeting customer expectations, maintaining food and hygiene standards, and meeting financial targets.

Catering managers are usually employed in-house by catering companies, hotels, schools, hospitals, prisons, airlines and cruise lines, or they work as independent contractors delivering catering services on a freelance basis. Some catering managers also go on to establish their own catering companies.

Catering managers’ tasks and responsibilities may vary considerably depending on the size and nature of the organisation for which they work, as well as on the types of clients they work with. Their general responsibilities, however, include:

  • Planning menus (in consultation with the chefs).
  • Hiring and training staff.
  • Planning staff shifts for functions and events.
  • Supervising staff at functions and events.
  • Ensuring compliance with relevant health and safety regulations.
  • Managing budgets (and for senior managers, taking responsibility for financial management).
  • Monitoring the quality of the products and services provided.
  • Managing stock levels and ordering supplies.
  • Liaising with clients to establish their expectations and to ensure client satisfaction.
  • Building relationships and negotiating contracts with suppliers/vendors.
  • In catering companies: marketing the company’s services to prospective clients.

Why Study Catering Management?

When you study a catering management course, you will gain the knowledge and skills that you need to perform the role of a catering manager efficiently and effectively.

To work as a catering manager, you not only need a thorough understanding of menu planning and nutrition, but also of the relevant business aspects, such as human resources management, customer service, and financial management. A course in catering management will help to ensure that you have a solid understanding of these fundamental aspects.

Depending on which course you choose to study, you might cover topics such as:

  • Nutrition and menu planning
  • Food regulations and hygiene standards
  • Customer service and public relations
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial management
  • Human resources/Personnel management

While studying a catering management course is not essential for working in this field, it will help to improve your CV, and will help you to perform your role with confidence. If you plan to seek in-house employment, instead of working as an independent contractor, completing a relevant course may give you an advantage over candidates who have not completed any formal training.

Studying a catering management course part-time via distance learning is a good option if you want to improve your chances of success in this field, as you can complete your course while working in the industry to gain valuable practical experience. A catering manager’s hours are often flexible, which makes it even easier for you to work while you study.

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