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Introduction to Food Trends and History

Develop your culinary knowledge as you take a deep dive into how history and concepts of gastronomy shape trends and drive change.

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Introduction to Food Trends and History

  • 2 weeks

  • 1 hour per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Delve into food history with Ferrandi Paris

Join this two-week course to uncover the story of our connection with food, looking at its history and cultural roots.

Learning from the experts at Ferrandi Paris, a century-old institute specialising in gastronomy and hospitality, you’ll develop your culinary knowledge and understanding of worldwide food trends.

You’ll start by discovering how creative food marketing turns ideas into the dishes we love.

Next, you’ll gain an understanding of the basics of food sociology and anthropology, and then dive into the trends shaping both Western and global cuisine.

Discover sustainability practices within the food industry

In the second week, you’ll discover how chefs have evolved in society over centuries and have come to embody the identity of a restaurant.

You’ll then explore the relation between gastronomic heritage and sustainability. Discover how sustainability is shaping the future of hospitality and the food industry through different practices, such as responsible consumption.

Delve into a french gastronomy case study

The course concludes with a virtual journey to the Emerald Coast in Brittany, to meet a one-starred chef.

You’ll discover a sustainable 5 star hotel and michelin restaurant by the sea to gain an understanding of diverse culinary inspirations.

By the end of the course, you’ll have gained expert insights and a solid understanding of the food industry.

What topics will you cover?

  • Cultural heritage: Understanding the historical significance of French cuisine and its influence on culinary concepts.
  • Worldwide trends: Discovering main Western worldwide trends.
  • Sustainable Development: Addressing sustainability concerns and integrating eco-friendly practices.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify theoretical foundation of innovative food marketing and design through sociological and food anthropological theories.
  • Identify key food trends in Western and global contexts
  • Explore the role of gastronomic heritage
  • Identify the benefits of a sustainable approach to food industry.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone with an interest in food and hospitality.

That includes food enthusiasts, foodpreneurs, food industry managers, and students on food and hospitality programmes.

This is an introductory course for anyone looking to enter the world of cooking in a more professional capacity.

Who will you learn with?

Food Marketing and design PhD
Ferrandi Associate Professor
Sciences Po Rennes Associate Professor
Designer and consultant www.virginiebregeon.com

Who developed the course?

Ferrandi Paris

FERRANDI Paris, a prestigious institution in the field of hospitality education, is a member of the Conférence des grandes écoles. It is dedicated to cultivating excellence in gastronomy and hospitality, grooming elites to be actors of renewal in France and abroad.

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$109/one-off payment

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  • Tests to boost your learning
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