The Business of Food Course Online
80 Online Hours- - next course- September 12th 2022.
80 Online Hours- - next course- September 12th 2022.

This course will equip you with the knowledge to set up and run your own food service business. The myths, the facts, the hidden secrets, the hidden costs, the skills, the legals, the financials, the new protocols. All of this and a hundred times more will be covered on our most comprehensive and popular course which has been completed by students from all over the world.

'This course is a MUST for anyone intending to go into, or change their existing food business. Every aspect of the course is informative and no matter how much you think you already know, you will learn so much more. Before you spend your savings or take out a loan to spend on an idea, INVEST in this course. Thank you Blathnaid for sharing your valuable knowledge on everything to do with the hospitality industry... Sinead Gillard, Jinnys Tearooms at Acres, Leitrim.'

Course Information
  • Duration:
    Session One - Four hour introductory session as below.

    Introductory Session
    The Course
    The Team
    The format
    The Admin

    Following sessions will take place weekly on
    Monday afternoons 1.30-5.45pm
    Tuesday mornings 9.00am-1.15pm

    for a period of three months. Bank holidays will be excluded and the session moved to the following day.
    Subjects: Each four hour session may be divided into two subjects, for example
    Menu Planning: 1.30-3.30pm
    Coffee Best Practice: 3.45 –5.45 pm

    Full Course timetable will be sent to each student with pre course pack.

  • Date(s):
  • next course begins September 12th 2022

  • Schedule:
  • Course schedule - Beginning onSeptember 12th 2022: 1.30pm
    The course will take place each Monday afternoon from 1.30pm-5.30pm and on Tuesday mornings from 9.00am-1.00pm from
    September 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th,
    October 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th,17th,18th,24th,25th,
    November 7th,8th,14th,15th,21st,22nd, 28th,29th.
    Total online course hours are 80, through the medium of Zoom. For this course, it may be decided ( group consensus) that we have one onsite day .. to be decided

  • Cost:
  • €3,700.00

    “Skillnet funding may be available to Irish companies and residents who fulfill the eligibility requirements. Please contact National Organic Training Skillnet by emailing or go to for more information”

  • Facilitator:
  • Blathnaid Bergin - The Restaurant Advisor
    Deirdre Coleman - Interior Design -
    Jen Coghlan - Interior Design -
    Dr.Detta Melia - Food Safety
    March Thornton - Marketing -
    Anne Abberton - FIXX Coffee -
    Alan Haugh - Barrister and Employment Law Expert
    John Carolan - Accountant -

  • Venue:
  • Online learning platforms

Who should do this course?

This course is for you if
You are planning to open a cafe, restaurant, add food to your pub, coffee shop or other food service business.
You are already in business and would like to improve your bottom line profits and increase the efficiency of your operations, take time out to analyse every facet of it and make practical improvements.

What will I know when I finish the course?

• Concept development
• Customer Segmentation
• Legal Obligations in Food Service
• Menu Planning
• Menu Costing and Pricing
• Menu Design
• Food Quality Control Systems.
• Building an environmentally sustainable business.
• Managing overhead costs.
• Managing and Minimising Utilities costs.
• Recognising and eliminating Hidden Costs.
• Waste Management across the business
• Waste Management Systems.
• Kitchen Planning
• Kitchen Design/Flow – equipment needs
• Kitchen Operations Management Systems
• Dealing with chefs/cooks.
• Standard Recipes
• Standard Operating Procedures
• Order of Work System.
• Front of house design tips
• Counter Design/Flow /equipment needs
• All things Coffee
• Front of House Operations Management Systems
• Service Skills for Front of House – best practice.
• COVID19 Regulations and their impact on operations management.
• Financial Controls and best practice in a food service business.
• Primary Cert in Food Safety – National Hygiene Partnership
• Bringing it all together.

What will I have when I am finished the course?

A strong, practical 'tool kit' to get you started on your business journey.
A comprehensive folder of notes to reference.
A tried and trusted framework.

What is included in the price?

All course materials in hard copy which will be posted to course participants before and during the course.
Includes a pre-course pack, all course materials and two one to one sessions with Blathnaid Bergin for each participant during the course.