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Your Online Culinary School

Regardless of whether you want to be a Michelin star chef, a professional meal prepper or next-level home cook, having a few technical food courses under your apron belt will stand you in good stead. Yes, preparing food is all about the practical hands-on experience of processing and cooking ingredients but it is also about important theoretical knowledge like knowing safe food practices, how to identify different cuts of meat or knowing the difference between lobsters and crayfish!

That’s where Alison’s online culinary school hub comes in. We’ve reached out to our publishers for their best courses on food hygiene, food and beverage management, and vegan diets. In return, you get the foundational knowledge you need for different cooking methods and running a kitchen or restaurant. And because the food hospitality industry is about much more than searing a steak or knowing how to bake bread, we’ve added courses on English for food service. Then, we’ve gone even further and found top courses on nutrition: after all, food is essential to our ongoing health and understanding the basics of different nutrients can help you devise better menus and use healthier techniques.

Food Hygiene and Safety

Cleanliness is non-negotiable in any kitchen. One mess-up can see your customers or family come down with food poisoning. Plus, good hygiene helps reduce expensive food waste. If you want to open a restaurant or catering company, you’ll likely have to pass inspections from the authorities that investigate how hygienic your operation is.

Our food hygiene and safety courses are akin to some of the first things you learn in culinary school. This is basic knowledge that you cannot afford to be without. Even home cooks can benefit from understanding better practices when it comes to food safety training.

Food and Beverage Management

Food and beverage management is at the heart of any successful place that provides a food service, be it a restaurant, hotel, hospital, cruise liner or college. You may not actually cook or mix cocktails but you’ll be in constant contact with your chefs and bartenders about stock levels, freshness, costs per unit, popular and unpopular items, and even innovative new menu items.

In this important role, it is imperative to have excellent background knowledge before you take a hands-on position. Or, perhaps you have a lot of practical experience but need an F&B certification to move up the ranks in your field. Either way, Alison’s F&B courses are free with no sign-up charges or monthly subscription fees.

Chef Skills and Food Processing

Being a chef involves more than just ‘loving to cook’: you need major skills and a memory bank full of recipes, ingredients and techniques. Our cooking courses start with two of the basics for any restaurant or household: dealing with expensive proteins like meat and seafood that are easily ruined by bad cooking methods, and baking everything from bread for breakfast to dessert after dinner.

Even if you have been cooking for a long time, you’ll be surprised at what you can learn by taking a few short courses.

Meal Planning and Nutrition

More and more, culinary schools are teaching students the importance of nutrition and healthy food preparation. Finding ways to balance the ingredients that make dishes taste delicious (like fat, salt or sugar) with healthier cooking methods is the hallmark of knowing how to produce a satisfying menu. But to do so you need to understand nutrients in the first place. As always, this is where Alison’s no-catch courses come in. We’ve rounded up nutrition and meal-planning courses that will take you through the importance of a well-rounded diet so you can incorporate this vital knowledge into your cooking.

Running a Food Business

Many people dream of opening their own restaurant: of serving amazing food to appreciative diners in a great atmosphere. And while that is certainly inspirational, the food industry is first and foremost a business in which you have to keep an eye on expenses, profits, losses, marketing, budgeting and so on. We go further: why have a conventional or regular restaurant when the world has changed? Sign up for our course on ‘cloud kitchens’ to understand what they are and how this concept could work for you.

English for the Food Service Industry

The travel industry is dominated by English simply because English is a truly global language. Waitering staff, F&B managers and even chefs can all enhance their careers by learning to converse in English, especially if you want to work in international locales.

Being able to explain a dish or take an order in English is a valuable skill. We have recognized this by sourcing courses that connect the culinary world with the English language so you can progress in your career without spending a dime.

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