where to get training for 'institutional' cooking?

Discussion in 'Choosing A Culinary School' started by cook4kids, May 8, 2013.

  1. cook4kids

    cook4kids

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    Hi everyone!   I am seeking advice on getting education and training to prepare for cooking for an orphanage (hasn't been built yet).   Worried that with the expense of culinary school, it might not be entirely applicable for what I need, since most of the programs (ok, 2) that I've looked at are very restaurant-focused.  I need to learn all the basics, plus good budgeting, cost control, meal planning, purchasing, etc.  with some kitchen management thrown in (can't feed too many orphans by myself); and I would sure appreciate some concentration on nutrition as well.  Any suggestions about where to seek training?
     
  2. ed buchanan

    ed buchanan

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    Seek out a job in a volume school kitchen or food service company like Sage or ARA services. Yo will learn on the job
     
  3. cook4kids

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    Thanks, Ed.  I seem to be hearing from several people I've asked so far that on the job training would likely be best.  I may consider getting some basic courses (sanitation, basic food prep class), perhaps at a community college, and then looking for an appropriate job.  Any good books you might recommend?  Texts you've used?