Caterer Career Diploma

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The Caterer Career Diploma program at Penn Foster Career School may prepare you for a career working at restaurants and hotels or to start your own catering business. Learn more about this program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The Caterer Career Diploma program at Penn Foster Career School is designed to help prepare you to begin a career as a caterer. Topics covered include food styles for catering, the gourmet kitchen, preparing poultry, fish, game, and shellfish, and baking and pastry. You'll also have the chance to learn about bars for catering events, efficient bar layout, and recognizing warning signs of intoxication. This Penn Foster Career School program takes place entirely at home and consists of ten instruction sets. You complete each set at your own pace. In addition to the core materials, instruction sets may include videos or other supplements.

What are the Prerequisites?

If you're interested in this program, you may benefit from previous restaurant experience or an interest in cooking. Applicants to Penn Foster Career School's programs should be at least 18 years old.

What are the Course Requirements?

The Caterer Career Diploma program at Penn Foster Career School consists of a total of ten instruction sets. Each set consists of one to three lessons. All materials, including books, lessons, and learning aids, are included with the program.

Instruction SetLessons
Instruction Set 1Learning Strategies
Introduction to Catering
Instruction Set 2Dynamic of Catering
Food Styles of Catering
Alcoholic Beverages
Instruction Set 3The Gourmet Kitchen
The Culinary Professional
Instruction Set 4Stocks, Sauces, and Soups
Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs
Instruction Set 5Meat
Instruction Set 6Poultry and Game
Instruction Set 7Fish and Shellfish
Instruction Set 8Grains, Legumes, and Pasta
Instruction Set 9Baking and Pastry
Instruction Set 10Breakfast, Garde Manger, and World Cuisines

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

In this program, you may learn how to prepare specific dishes and setup buffets, bars, and tables for catering events. These skills may prepare you to work in restaurants, hotels, or cafeterias or to start your own catering business.

Advanced Degrees

If you want to pursue additional education, you could consider an associate's degree program. An associate's degree program may allow you to further refine your catering skills or develop skills in a related area. Associate's degrees you could pursue include:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Catering
  • Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Management
  • Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts