Kitchen Management Courses Offer Quick Entry Into Thriving Field by jasonw93

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									Kitchen Management Courses Offer Quick Entry
             Into Thriving Field
Summary: According to this article, the Kitchen Management courses
at Centennial College prepare students for the hospitality industry, of
which 68 per cent of employees are young Canadians.

“The program is a great master plan for those who want to pursue a
career in this industry,” says Severo Vitorio Pastor who attended
Centennial College’s kitchen management courses. “Each subject truly
equips us with the knowledge, skills and experiences that we need to
become successful in our field.” This positive insight gives a great
overall view of the hospitality program officially known as Hospitality
Operations – Kitchen Management. That’s because Pastor touches on
the three aspects that set the offering apart from others of its nature:
knowledge, skills and experience. Let’s take a further look into all
three.

First and foremost, applicants to these kitchen management courses
are required to have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary
School Diploma or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. Students
must also have attended the compulsory English 12C or U or skills
assessment or equivalent. It should be noted that possession of
minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the
hospitality program.

The hospitality program is structured in a way that ensures students
learn a range of skill sets that prepares them for a challenging and
rewarding career in food operations management. Among the topics
covered in the kitchen management courses are: business practices in
accounting, human resources and supervision, sanitation, hygiene and
safety as well as quantity food preparation, practical supervision of
food production, customer service, human resources and career
planning, hospitality accounting, practical math, purchasing for the
commercial kitchen and many others.

While theory is an important aspect of this hospitality program in
Canada so is hands-on experience that allows students to become fully
comfortable with duties they will perform in the field. As such, the
program makes use of the campus on which it is located. Progress
Campus boasts an on-campus living lab-restaurant called Horizons.
Here, once a week, students run the kitchen and interact with real
diners and customers. They are graded on how well they do in this
role.

As a final “real world” experience, the hospitality program students are
sent out on a field placement that enables them to better understand
the dynamics of the industry, increases their knowledge of industry
practices and provides a competitive advantage of experience in the
job market.

Upon completion of the kitchen management courses — which result in
an Ontario College Certificate, and the Smart Serve Program and the
National Sanitation Training certificates — students who are interested
in further education are able to enter the second year of Centennial
College’s two-year Food and Beverage Management program. Those
who wish to enter field may also do so in the position of food
operations manager, which entails planning work programs, staffing
for cash food service, interviewing and hiring employees, training
employees, reviewing inventory, requesting and purchasing food
supplies, planning menus and price points, supervising operations,
observing quality of service and more.

Author Details: Emma is the author of this article about the Kitchen
Management courses at Centennial College, which take just two
semesters to complete and result in an Ontario College Certificate.

								
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