Caterers organize and serve food for weddings, family reunions, company parties, and other celebrations and events. To successfully fulfill their duties, caterers must understand how to plan for large events and prepare and cook food. They should also have effective customer service and communication skills. Catering managers should have an extensive knowledge of basic business concepts.

Many schools now offer catering management and catering degree programs to prepare people for careers in the food service and hospitality management industries. Although many caterers do not have degrees, those completing formal training programs will distinguish themselves and have better employment prospects. Students enrolled in degree programs in catering will typically be required to complete courses in employee management, developing business strategy, menu planning, and various courses in food preparation and cooking. Most states require caters to satisfy sanitation and safety licensing requirements prior to practicing professionally.

Explore certificate and degree programs in catering and catering management that can be completed online or at a convenient campus location.

Catering Degrees and Programs

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