Are you working in a restaurant and aim for a higher position? Do you see yourself working long-term in the restaurant industry – more so, do you want to run the show in the culinary business? Do you want to own and run a restaurant some day? If the answer to these questions is a yes, then a restaurant-management degree program is just what you are looking for!
Restaurant managers are those people who run the show, behind the scenes, in all the restaurants. They are the ones who take care of all the nitty-gritty details that go into managing a restaurant efficiently. Restaurant managers manage the daily operations of a restaurant including supervising the kitchens, maintaining customer relations, coming up with a variety of menu options, managing the ordering of supplies and equipment and also the maintenance of the restaurant.
Most of the restaurant managers have worked their way up the ladder – starting out as waiters or waitresses. However, for the post of the restaurant manager, the preference is always given to those who have a degree in restaurant-management.
There are several culinary programs that offer degrees in restaurant management. However, there are many factors to consider before you decide to join any of these different culinary programs to get your restaurant-management degree.
To make sure that the college you plan to enroll in fits in the category you are looking for, make sure that it is accredited by the American Culinary Federation. Then, you have to make sure that the college offers the degree that places emphasis on (or offers a major in) restaurant-management. Once you are sure of that, you need to know the specifics like the class size and the faculty and their real-world experience. The facilities must be neat and clean – equipped with the latest tools. A student-run restaurant on the campus is a definite plus. Also, you need to know where you will serve your internship and whether the college will help you to find a job after you graduate.
You also need to make sure that your chosen culinary program in restaurant-management offers specific knowledge in the different areas of expertise that a restaurant manager needs to have. Here is a list of different subjects that are usually covered by most restaurant management degree programs:
Hospitality and Food Services best practices
Maintenance of the Facility
Food and Beverage Management
Planning for Conventions and Banquets
Cost Management and Accounting Practices
How to Serve Different kinds of Wine
Most schools offer a 2 year degree course in restaurant management, and some schools run specialized certificate courses that focus on a specific area within restaurant management. Even after you graduate, you can also keep taking further short courses, so that you can remain up-to-date with the latest trends and practices in restaurant management.
Armed with a degree from a culinary program specializing in restaurant management, you are well on your way to charting your own success in the restaurant and hospitality industry.