I recently have been giving light to the idea of returning to school to get a degree, however I am confused as to what degree to go for. Many schools I have seen, have a Hospitality program and a Restaurant and Hotel Management program as well, but neither go into much detail as to differences and experiences, so I was wondering if anybody else had some help. I work mainly at large outdoor festivals and concessions around the country, feeding thousands of people in four days. I am a great quartermaster, and my management skills only get better with experience. Thanks for any help.
Hospitality? Culinary Management? Restuarant Management?
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First, you should tell us exactly what you want to do. If cooking, then culinary management, if general food managing, then some kind of hospitality or restaurant management. My school has a culinary and hospitality management programs. About 3 or 4 of the classes overlap for both, but culinary goes into more cooking and hospitality goes into more of running a hotel or restaurant.
Here are the classes required, plus others like english, math, etc.., for my culinary program:
Food Service Sanitation and Safety
Introduction to Hospitality
Food Specialties: Baking
Basic Food Preparation
Food Specialties: Garde Manger I
Food Specialties: Pastry Specialization
Advanced Food Preparation
Food Specialties: Cuisines of the World
Culinary Management Practicum I – Restaurant Management
Culinary Management Practicum II - Kitchen Management
Banquet and Convention Management
Dining Room Operations
Survey of Nutrition
If you already know how to cook well, you may want more managing classes, but maybe you want to learn classical style cooking, then a culinary management degree may be what you want.