The Business of Food @ Ballymaloe Cookery School


An essential course for anyone looking to start up their own food service business, cafe, restaurant, pub food, coffee shop.

Over the course of 10 days you will be equipped with the knowledge to start your own business. The course content includes Menu Planning, Location Feasibility, Kitchen and Stock Management, Sourcing Suppliers and Staff, Legal Obligations and Financial Planning to name a few.

Course Information
  • Duration:
  • This course is now online due to Covid19 restrictions.
    Next course begins on February 1st 2021

  • Date(s):
  • February 1st 2021 and will run over a three month period.

  • Schedule:
  • Monday Afternoons from 1.30pm to 5.30pm and Tuesday mornings from 9.00am to 1.00pm

  • Cost:
  • Course Fee; €3,700.00

    Skillnet funding may be available for eligible employees or self-employed network members that are residents within the Republic of Ireland. Please contact NOTS Skillnet on 071 9640688 for more information on joining the network and apply for the funding.

  • Facilitator:
  • Blathnaid Bergin; M.Sc Hospitality Management
    Deirdre Coleman- Interior Design Expert
    Industry Accountant
    Amy O' Leary - Marketing and Digital Marketing.
    Dr.Detta Melia - Food Safety
    Amy O'Leary - Accounting and Finance

  • Venue:
  • Online

Who should do this course?

This course will suit anyone who is thinking of venturing into the cafe, restaurant, pub food or coffee shop business.

What will I know when I finish the course?

Where to start

Concept Development

Assessing Locations

Premises - finding and assessing

Menu Planning - cost, pricing

Managing Food Quality


Kitchen & Counter Design

Operations Management

Suppliers, Equipment

Legal Obligations

Marketing & Digital Marketing

Coffee and Tea Modules

Food Safety Guidelines

Service Excellence - Customer Care

Service Skills

Front of House Management Systems

Staff Management

Interior Design

Field Trip

Work Life Balance

What will I have when I am finished the course?

A comprehensive tool kit to get started.

What is included in the price?

Course Pack which will be sent in hard copy before course begins and follow up notes throughout the course.

Maximum number 15.

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Next Course Starts: February 1, 2021
Book online or get in touch to find out more about this course.
Ph: +353 (0)87 679 0854
Email: info@thebusinessoffood.ie
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