The Business of Food

The Business of food is 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.
The feedback from the course is amazing and information supplied is essential to any business. The vital information needed to set up a viable, enjoyable Food Service Business. This course will suit anyone who is thinking of venturing into the cafe, restaurant, pub food or coffee shop business.

The course runs over 10 days from 9.00am-5.00pm,

Week 1  –  Monday to Saturday (inclusive) –  9th of April – 14th  of April

Week 2  –  Monday – Thursday – 16th -19th of April  at the Ballymaloe Cookery School.

The course will include workshops, discussions, case studies, practical sessions and presentations.


This course is vital for any food business, the cost of this event via NOTS is €2396.00 for eligible members which includes a funding rate of 20%. The full cost of the course is €2995.00 per person.

PLEASE NOTE – if you wish to register via NOTS , can you please notify Ballymaloe in order for them to know you are coming through National Organic Training Skillnet. If you wish to seek accomodation contact Ballymaloe directly to book through them.

Learning Outcomes

  • Exploring and developing your Concept
  • Where to start – To Do List – A-Z of getting started
  • Standards and Systems – establishing standards across the business; setting up systems to manage them.
  • Menu Planning and Development – The Basis of most other spending decisions.
  • Legal Issues – overview of the legal boxes you must tick.
  • Food Quality – how to ring fence the quality of your food.
  • Kitchen Management – the engine room of the business- managing your kitchen and the people in it.
  • Finance – setting up a strong financial foundation, understanding the figures, sticking to a budget.
  • Cash – managing and keeping your cash.
  • Interior Design – Designing your Business your way on your budget.
  • Equipment – Knowing what to buy and where to buy it.
  • Suppliers – setting up a mutually beneficial relationship.
  • Front of House Operations Management.
  • Coffee & Tea – sourcing and understanding its place in your business.
  • Hidden Costs – knowing how to find and eliminate these to stop death by a thousand cuts.
  • Staff – finding the right people, training and keeping staff
  • Service Skills- essential skills to give your business the edge.
  • Balancing business and life.
  • Bringing it all together.
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