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Food Safety and Personal Hygiene in a Professional Kitchen

Develop processes to maintain the required standards of food safety and personal and workplace hygiene in a professional kitchen.

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Food Safety and Personal Hygiene in a Professional Kitchen

Gain the skills to handle food from start to finish in a safe and hygienic way

Hygiene is so important in food preparation. If caterers, chefs and wait staff are not adequately trained they can present huge health risks to the community.

On this course from the International Culinary Studio (ICS), you’ll learn why food safety matters and develop the confidence and skills to prepare and present food to the highest standards of hygiene and safety.

Discover food safety procedures and the importance of both personal and workplace hygiene

You’ll start by discussing the reasons for maintaining a high standard of food safety, such as food safety laws and reputation. Then, you’ll jump straight into what this means for you and how to implement processes to keep yourself and the working environment clean and hygienic.

Learn the different categories of food poisoning and how to prevent them

One of the biggest risks of poor food hygiene is food poisoning. Not only is it bad for your business’ reputation but it can be very dangerous for your customers.

This course will guide you through the different types of food poisoning, what causes them, and how to prevent them. You’ll also look at hazardous foods as well as contamination in the kitchen.

Explore food preparation and kitchen conduct in an ordinary and a COVID-19 environment

Food safety and hygiene practices are easy to implement once you know how. This course will take you through all aspects of kitchen conduct including presentation in the kitchen, handwashing, and illness or injury.

You’ll then learn the different ways that you can maintain a safe environment, from how to receive and store all types of food hygienically, to how to prepare, cook, hold, and serve food safely. This course will also cover COVID-19 and how the current pandemic affects food safety procedures.

What topics will you cover?

  • Introduction to food safety
  • Why does food safety matter?
  • Importance of food safety.
  • Food safety facts
  • Importance of personal hygiene
  • Kitchen dress code and hygiene rules
  • Unsafe behaviour
  • Hand washing
  • Safe food handling in the kitchen
  • Dealing with illness and injuries
  • COVID-19
  • What can food handlers, business owners and managers do?

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone working in a commercial kitchen or food preparation business. It may also be of interest if you’re looking to make and sell food as a small business.

Who will you learn with?

Career Highlights
Catered for Nelson Mandela
Dignatries in Germany
Competition judge
Banqueting large function organization
Managed large team of chefs
Culinary team chef
Teaching and educating chefs

Who developed the course?

International Culinary Studio

International Culinary Studio offers quality education online from any kitchen.

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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
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  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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