Do you love food and know extremely good food when it hits your tongue? Do you enjoy preparing great food and serving it to people who can appreciate what you’ve created? Perhaps a career as a caterer is the perfect path for you to pursue! As a caterer you will be working in the hospitality industry and the food service industry to create and implement food and drink menus that specifically fit a certain event. For instance, you may be catering a wedding, a bridal shower, a reception, a funeral, or any type of private party. It is important to understand that in the catering industry you will spend a lot of time on your feet, as well as carrying and lifting heavy items; you will want to be sure that you are prepared for this level of manual work. Although you do not have to have a formal degree in order to be able to find work in this industry, some level of training is sure to help you be more adequately prepared and ready to succeed. If you want to one day open up your own business then find a catering school below.
As previously mentioned a formal degree is not a requirement for you to work in the catering industry. However, by completing an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts you will likely have an edge against fellow job seekers. Regardless of which of these degree programs you choose to pursue, you can expect to learn food preparation techniques, food safety information, nutritional concerns that you should think about when preparing your menus, and business management skills. More specifically, an associate’s degree program will consist of classes focused on culinary mathematics, menu development, baking and pastry arts, restaurant cooking and serving, and how to appropriately cook for a banquet.
Should you decide to pursue a bachelor’s degree program your culinary arts coursework will be very similar, you can just expect to study each topic more intensively. In addition, you will also be required to complete business related courses such as human resource management, financial accounting, business planning, hospitality marketing, foodservice management, and organizational behavior. You should expect both of these programs to require that you complete an internship in a real world setting, under the direct supervision of a mentoring caterer. Take a few minutes and look at the schools that are shown on this site. If you see any that appeal to you, request that they send you a free information packet detailing what they can offer you.
With your catering training you could also seek employment as a kitchen manager, a sous chef, or a line cook. In addition, you could also choose to open your own catering business. Find your catering training certificate school below or start your full degree.