A little bit of background on me:
I've been in food service for nearly my entire life. I'm 31 years old. Most of my working life was spent as a cook at various restaurants and I picked up knowledge everywhere I went. Five years ago I started working in a country club as the "lead line cook" and 3 years later I got promoted to the Sous Chef position. I commanded a staff of about 5-6 kitchen crew, did 90% of the purchasing, took inventory, even though the chef was "cooking" it. I learned a little bit about the book keeping side of the job including, keeping a purchase journal, declining budget, and how food cost was calculated.
I moved out of state recently and landed a job with a division of Compass Group called Flik Independant School Dining. I'm the sous chef at a private high school now. My duties are somewhat limited. I do a little bit of the purchasing, I'm in charge of 1-2 people during my shift, I do a bit of the menu planning, and am responsible for nightly dinner services as well as brunches on the weekend.
Now here is where I'm looking for advice. I want to move my career to the next level. I want to be more marketable in a larger area of the industry. I'm really not interested in working for restaurants any more. Lets face it, the schedules and benefits suck ass. I want to learn more the accounting side of the trade.
How to keep proper records, how to cost out menus, how to control inventory and food costs, how to control & budget labor, etc. All these things I think will make me more marketable to get that next promotion or bigger job.
Can anyone recommend any good books on these subjects? Do some schools offer courses on these types of things? I've never been to culinary school, and with a 9 month old daughter now, it would be very difficult for me to do so, thus I'm looking for alternative measures to better myself.
I've thought about trying to go to school to become a certified nutritionist, as I think that would really open some doors for me given my culinary background.
Please I'm looking for any and all advice from the wise people of this community and industry. I'm really struggling financially and with the next few years I need to move forward. I cannot afford to stagnate and be complacent with my career where it currently is.
Thank you in advance for any feedback!