Professional Cooking & Catering

Making your occasion special, one plate at a time!

Hours: 450 Hours
Duration: 12 months
Level: Beginner
Average Completion: 6 Months
Language: English
Occupation: Catering Cook
Enrolled: 36 Students

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Professional Cooking & Catering

A Professional Cooking & Catering job involves preparing and cooking food for private events, parties, and other special occasions. The job requires knowledge of different styles of cooking and the ability to work quickly and efficiently. It also requires good organizational skills, as well as the ability to work well with others. Other duties may include setting up and decorating banquet halls, designing menus and setting up buffets. Professional cooks & caterers should also be knowledgeable about food safety regulations and have a great eye for detail.

12 months of Full Access
7% Predicted 10-Years Job Growth

Is This the Right Career for You?

If you are looking for a career in professional cooking and catering, you should consider getting a degree in culinary arts or a related field. You should also gain experience in the culinary field through internships and apprenticeships. Once you have the necessary qualifications and experience, you can begin working in professional cooking and catering. You may consider starting your own catering business or working at a restaurant or catering company. You will need to be knowledgeable in food preparation, cooking techniques, menu planning, and food safety regulations. Additionally, you will need to have strong interpersonal and customer service skills.

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Achieve your training at your own pace, according to your own schedule.

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6 Reasons to Complete Your Professional Cooking & Catering Training With Us


With our programs, you can learn and study at your own pace with access 24/7/365 for the duration of your program. This means you can learn on your own terms and work around your own schedule.


Our online training comes with access to real, live support personnel that will help you through every step from our admissions adviser who will assist you with selecting the right training for you, to our student adviser who will be there with you during your entire training journey.


We have tailored our programs to provide comprehensive training in the technical and soft skills employers are looking for. With direct input and feedback from industry leaders and hiring managers, our program aligns with exactly what you need to successfully enter the workforce.


Our career training not only gives you the knowledge you need but preparation for the certification exams relevant to your desired career path. If you are pursuing an exciting new career in a field with a national certification, our program will both prepare you to sit for the exam but will often include a voucher for the exam cost.

Simulations and Case Studies

Our training programs have been developed with real learners and professionals in mind, so our programs incorporate real-world case studies and virtual simulations that will provide examples and interactions with real-life situations you may encounter during your career. These allow you to learn by experience with circumstances similar to what will be your daily responsibilities on the job.

Engaging and Interactive

Our training curriculum was developed with you in mind, looking at modern day learners and their needs. Our curriculum contains a mix of formats including reading, listening, watching, and interacting that will immerse you into a fun and engaging learning experience you will not only enjoy but not want to end.

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Program Description

This professional cooking and catering course is designed for anyone who wants to learn how to cook on a professional level and how to start a catering business. With the right kind of knowledge and skills, you can make a successful career in doing what you love.
In this interactive and multimedia-rich course, you’ll learn various cooking skills that’ll allow you to enter the professional cooking scene. Here are some of the skills you’ll learn.
• Methods and techniques used to create hundreds of contemporary and traditional recipes
• How to cook meat, game, and poultry
• How to prepare vegetarian dishes
• How to bake cakes, pastries, and pies
• How to present your dishes
This course doesn’t only teach how to cook. It also teaches you various skills and techniques that you must know if you want to know how to start a catering business. Therefore, you’ll learn how to:
• Plan an event (a step-by-step process)
• Develop a complete menu
• Manage your employees and clients
• Apply workable solutions to possible problems
We understand that it’s challenging to learn cooking techniques without any visual and audio aids. With that in mind, we ensured to incorporate multimedia presentations, which include both audio and video, to create a more comprehensive and engaging learning process.

The intended audience for this program is individuals that are seeking to enhance their skills cooking and catering or enter the field as a professional caterer.

After completing this course, you should be able to:
• Identify the common kitchen setup and equipment
• Identify the steps for creating soups, sauces, and stocks
• Identify the steps for cooking meat, poultry, and fish
• Identify methods for creating salads, dressings, dips, and hors d’oeuvres
• Identify methods for preparing breads, cakes, pies, and desserts
• Comprehend different types of catering and their components
• Identify methods for building a client base and engaging customers
• Identify the steps involved in the catering operation
• Identify methods for controlling risk and guiding employee behavior
• Identify conflict resolution strategies and basic human resource management principles
Though this program is a self-paced program it is supported by an educational mentor. Educational mentors are subject matter experts who have years of experience in their field as well as the necessary educational training and credentials to work as an expert. The mentor is available to answer any questions a learner may have including questions on course content, course material, certifications, and even industry questions. Mentors also monitor the progress of learners to ensure training retention and program advancement. In eLearning, motivation is a key tool to success. Because of this, mentors provide encouraging comments, feedback, and coaching to motivate learners throughout the duration of the program to support completion and success!
Though you are provided a full 12 months access to your program, the average completion time is only 6 months!

Professional Cooking & Catering FAQs

To request more information, you can contact us via online chat, our website contact form, or toll free at 1-855-201-6910.

Online courses are accessible 24/7/365 and self-paced, allowing you to progress at your own pace on your own schedule. They can be taken from anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home. Classroom courses have a set schedule of the days and times the courses will be held, and you must attend during those specific times.

Find out if online learning is right for you by contacting our team of registration advisers. Our team is available to answer any of your questions about taking an online course before you commit to enrolling. We will walk you through what to expect to ensure you are making the right decision. You can contact a registration adviser today via online chat, our website contact form, or toll free at 1-855-201-6910.

No, you are not required to have a diploma or higher education degree to enroll in an online course. However, some occupations may require minimum educational thresholds for employment or certification. For more information on your desired career requirements, please contact us via online chat, our website contact form, or toll free at 1-855-201-6910.

To take an online course, you will need to have access to an internet connection and an internet ready device such as a laptop, PC, or tablet. For course specific requirements, please visit the course page or contact a registration adviser today.

Our courses are developed with multiple formats including text, audio, video, and interactivity. Our courses also include multiple resources and tools which can include flashcards, games, activities, and more.

No, you can take the online courses from anywhere in the world.

We participate in several financial assistance options including third party funding, both military and non-military. To request more information on the financial assistance options available and check your eligibility, contact us via online chat, our website contact form, or toll free at 1-855-201-6910.

Duration is the amount of time you will receive access to your course. Durations vary by course and range between 1 month and 12 months. If you complete your course before your duration ends you will continue to have access to your course until the duration period ends.

Many of our career training programs include certification vouchers. This means that at the successful completion of your course, at no additional charge, you will receive an exam voucher for the corresponding industry certification. This voucher will allow you to register and sit for the appropriate certification exam to obtain your industry credential.

Our online courses are open enrollment, so you can start immediately. If you are using any third-party funding to cover your course tuition, your start date may be a future date determined by your funding program.

Once enrolled, you will be assigned a client adviser who will provide you with customer and technical support. Your client adviser will supply you with your course access information, any needed materials, and be available to answer any questions you have during your training experience. They will regularly check-in with you to monitor your progress and assist you with staying on track. You will also be assigned to a course mentor who will provide curriculum support throughout your training. Your mentor is available to answer any questions you have on your course curriculum, will monitor your progress and understanding of the curriculum, and may give assignments or quizzes.

If you experience any trouble accessing your course including technical issues or lost login credentials, please contact your client adviser at

Our goal for students is to successfully complete their training course and achieve their career goals. We understand that extenuating circumstances can interfere with your ability to complete your course in the duration given. Because of this we have free or low-cost extensions available for our courses upon request. To discuss or request an extension please contact your client adviser at

Upon successful completion of your course and fulfillment of any outstanding financial obligations, you will receive your certificate of completion. Certificates are provided to you within 30 days of completion. Your certificate will validate the training course you completed with a stamp of completion.

Students that successfully complete our career training programs are assigned a career development adviser who will coordinate placement at a local externship or hands on opportunity. These opportunities are optional and may vary based on availability and occupation. Your career development adviser will also provide job search services such as: resume building, mock interviews, job opportunity resources, and more. Our professional enrichment courses do not come with a career adviser or career services.

Professional Cooking Module 1
The Cooking Industry
• Food-Service Industry
• Kitchens Organization
• Sanitation
• Food Hazards
• Food Storage
• Safety
• Preventing Injury
• Tools
• Cooking Equipment
• Processing Equipment
• Basic Principles of Cooking
• Heat Management
• Food Science
• Molecular Gastronomy
• Cooking Methods
• Building Flavor

Professional Cooking Module 2
Planning and Organizing Production
• Building the Menu
• Recipes
• The Written Recipe
• Cost Management
• Food Cost Calculations
• Nutrition
• Nutrients
• The Balanced Diet
• Cooking Healthful Meals
• Preliminary Cooking and Flavoring
• Using the Knife
• Mise en Place
• Preparation for Frying
• Handling Convenience Foods

Professional Cooking Module 3
Stocks, Sauces, and Soups
• Stock Procedures
• Stock Ingredients
• Understanding Sauces
• Roux
• Thickening Agents
• Finishing Techniques
• Sauce Families
• Reductions and Glazes
• Convenience Bases
• Classification of Soups
• Service of Soups
• Clear Soups
• Vegetable Soups
• Cream Soups
• Broths
• Thick Soups
• Bisques
• Specialty Soups

Professional Cooking Module 4
Meats and Game
• Understanding Meats and Game
• Inspection and Grading
• Basic Quality Factors
• Aging
• Basic Cuts
• Selecting Meats
• Fabricating Meats
• Bone Structure
• Tenderness
• Doneness
• Game and Specialty Meats
• Storage of Meats
• Cooking Meats and Game
• Roasting
• Baking
• Braising

Professional Cooking Module 5
Poultry and Game Birds
• Composition and Structure
• Inspection and Grading
• Cutting Up Chicken
• Classification and Market Forms
• Handling and Storage
• Trussing Methods
• Roasting and Baking
• Broiling and Grilling
• Pan-Frying and Deep Frying
• Simmering and Poaching
• Braising
• Dressings and Stuffings

Professional Cooking Module 6
Fish and Shellfish
• Fin Fish
• Composition and Structure
• Cutting Fish
• Varieties and Characteristics
• Mollusks
• Cephalopods
• Crustaceans
• Baking
• Broiling and Grilling
• Deep-Frying
• Poaching and Simmering
• Steaming and Mixed Cooking Techniques
• Seafood Served Raw

Professional Cooking Module 7
Vegetables, Legumes, and Grains
• Controlling Quality Changes During Cooking
• General Rules of Vegetable Cookery
• Standards of Quality in Cooked Vegetables
• Fresh Vegetables
• Processed Vegetables
• Storage
• Boiling and Steaming
• Sauteing and Pan-Frying
• Braising
• Baking
• Cooking Potatoes
• Cooking for Vegetarian Dishes
• Menus for Vegetarian Diets

Professional Cooking Module 8
Salads, Sandwiches, and Hors d’Oeuvres
• Salad Dressings
• Oil and Vinegar Salad Dressings
• Emulsified Dressings
• Types of Salads
• Sandwich Bread
• Spreads
• Fillings
• Types of Sandwiches
• Making Sandwiches
• Serving Hors d’Oeuvres
• Canapes
• Cocktails
• Relishes
• Dips

Professional Cooking Module 9
Breakfast, Cured Foods, and Cold Foods
• Understanding Eggs
• Pancakes and Waffles
• French Toast
• Breakfast Meats
• Dairy Products
• Coffee and Tea
• Sausages
• Curing and Smoking
• Pates
• Terrines
• Handling and Service of Cold Dishes
• Aspic and Chaud-Froid
• Foie Gras
• Rillettes

Professional Cooking Module 10
Baking Breads
• Principles of Baking
• Formulas and Measurement
• Baking Process
• Scaling
• Flours, Meals, and Starches
• Fats
• Liquids
• Salt, Flavorings, and Spices
• Sugars
• Leavening Agents
• Understanding Yeast Products
• Mixing Methods
• Bread and Roll Formulas
• Quick Breads
• Mixing and Production Methods

Professional Cooking Module 11
• Understanding Cake Making
• Cake Formula Types
• Baking and Cooling
• Creaming Method
• Assembling and Icing Cakes
• Cookie Characteristics and Their Causes
• Cookie Types and Makeup Methods
• Pies and Pastries
• Pie Doughs
• Fillings
• Meringues
• Fruit Desserts
• Puff Pastry
• Custards
• Pudding
• Dessert Sauces

Professional Catering Module 1
Introduction to Catering
• Types of Catering
• Catering Management
• Catering Segments
• On/Off-Premise Catering
• The Caterer and the Client
• Taking an Event
• Safeguards
• Corporate Catering
• Cost and Profit Relationship
• The Catering Market
• Mission Statement
• Growing the Business

Professional Catering Module 2
Getting Started
• Choosing Your Client
• Creating a Customer Base
• Needs, Wants, Demands
• Prospecting Strategies
• Social Media Marketing
• Types of Social Media
• Engaging Customers
• Standard Catering Website
• The Seven Functions of Catering
• Planning
• Operations
• Implementing

Professional Catering Module 3
The Catering Operation
• Planning
• The Menu
• Barriers to Planning
• Successful Business Plan
• Operational Tasks
• Recipes
• Convenience Foods
• Branded Menu Items
• Organizing the Event
• Catering Management Tasks
• Purchasing
• Ordering and Receiving

Professional Catering Module 4
Catering Equipment
• Equipment and Design Considerations
• Utilities
• Workstations
• Procuring Catering Equipment
• Professional Equipment Supplier
• Consultants and Architects
• Rental Services
• Implementing
• Employee-Supportive Culture
• Service Styles
• Uniforms
• Room Arrangement

Professional Catering Module 5
Control & Legalities
• Controlling
• Standard Operating Procedures
• Guiding Employee Behavior
• Cash Flow
• Risk Management
• Insurance
• Legal Issues
• Safety Committees
• Beverage Management
• Forming the Beverage Plan
• Site Inspection
• Beverage Packages

Professional Catering Module 6
• Conflict Resolution
• Dimensions of Conflict
• Principled Negotiation
• People Skills
• Sustainable Catering
• Sustainable Business Practices
• Sustainable Green Zones
• Human Resources Management
• Federal Employment Laws
• Recruiting
• Gathering Information and Interviewing
• Collective Bargaining

All required reference materials are provided with this program. Technical requirements:

Internet Connection
• Broadband or High-Speed (DSL, Cable, Wireless)
Hardware Requirements
• Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
• Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended

Software Requirements
• Operating Systems - Windows 7, 8 or 10; Mac OS x 10 or higher
• Microsoft Office 2007, 2010 or 2013 or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
• Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
• Cookies MUST be enabled
• Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
• Adobe PDF Reader


Upon successful completion of our Professional Catering course, students will be prepared for an entry-level position in the field and to sit for the NCCB national certification exam to become a Certified Catering Associate (CCA). Each state may have additional licensing requirements, be sure to research your states requirements for employment by visiting your states occupation board.


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Certified Catering Associate (CCA)


A Professional Cooking and Catering certification can provide numerous benefits for those who are looking to pursue a career in the culinary industry. With a certification, individuals can demonstrate that they have the skills and knowledge necessary to work in a professional kitchen or to provide catering services. A certification can also open up opportunities for career advancement, as employers often look more favorably upon those who have a certificate. Additionally, a certification can provide credibility and boost confidence when it comes to finding employment and working in the industry. Furthermore, having a Professional Cooking and Catering certification can provide access to resources, such as training seminars, that are not available to those without the certification.


• 100% Online, Self-Paced
• Open Enrollment
• Admissions and Student Support
• Multimedia Rich and Interactive Content
• Industry Certification Exam, when applicable
• Hands-on Opportunity Upon Completion