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Cooking and Catering

If you ever wanted to learn more about cooking or how to be a caterer, Stratford's cooking and catering course is a great place to start!

Our in-depth home study program can help you explore the important fundamentals of professional cooking as well as learn the first steps of how to start a catering business.

From preparation to presentation, Stratford provides practical instruction right in the comfort of your own home. Using a combination of online content and physical texts, Stratford can help you gain the knowledge you need to work toward culinary success!

First, students learn about the many different types of food preparation and cooking styles as well as food safety and storage. In the final module, students will learn about the many aspects of a successful catering business. Scroll down to review the entire course outline.
Cooking and Catering Module 1
An Introduction to Cooking and Catering

• A Brief History of Cooking and the Culinary Arts
• Food Service Concepts Today
• Menu Planning and Development
• Standardization Practices, Sanitation, and Safety
• Restaurant Tools and Equipment
• Types of Restaurants
• Introduction to Food Service Work Stations and Areas
• Dining Room Organization

Cooking and Catering Module 2
Cooking Principles and Procedures

• Influences on modern cuisine
• Kitchen organization
• Standards of professionalism
• The safe workplace and injury prevention
• Sanitation
• Tools and equipment
• Basic cooking methods
• Mise en place
• Herbs, spices, and seasonings
• The recipe
• Stocks, sauces, and soups

Cooking and Catering Module 3
Cooking Meats, Fish and Poultry

• Choosing Quality Beef, Veal and Pork
• Methods of Cooking Beef and Veal
• Methods of Cooking Pork
• Choosing Quality Fish
• Methods of Cooking Fish
• Choosing Quality Poultry
• Methods of Cooking Poultry
• Specialty Seafood and Meats

Cooking and Catering Module 4
Cooking Vegetables, Grains and Sides

• Cooking with Vegetables
• Cooking with Potatoes
• Rice and Grains
• Pasta
• Salads and Dressings
• Eggs
• Breakfast Foods and Beverages
• Sandwiches
• Dairy Products

Cooking and Catering Module 5

• Baking Basics
• Cookies
• Bars and Brownies
• Cakes and Cupcakes
• Pies and Tarts
• Cheesecakes
• Yeast and Artisan Breads
• Quick Breads
• Morning Favorites
• Coffee Shop
• Holiday Baking
• Everyday Baking

Cooking and Catering Module 6
Professional Catering

• Types of Catering
• Choosing Your Client
• Social Media Marketing
• The Seven Functions of Catering
• Planning--The Basic Catering Management Function
• Operations--Execution of Tasks
• Organizing the Event
• Catering Equipment
• Implementing
• Controlling
• Understanding Risk Management, Insurance and Legal Issues
• Beverage Management
• Conflict Resolution
• Sustainable Catering: One Ecological Step at a Time
• Human Resource Management

This educational program is an introductory course designed to help students gain knowledge necessary for the vocational application of this subject. Completion of this program does not fulfill the legal requirements of particular state licenses or certifications, which may require additional training or apprenticeships.

We take great pride in providing you with the most up-to-date textbooks and equipment for learning about starting a home based catering business. One or more of the above-mentioned subjects may, therefore, change if updating becomes necessary during the course of your cooking classes. The order in which the material is presented may vary.
Cooking & Catering Program

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