Get expert training in everything you need to know to become a top restaurateur, from marketing to menu design, and more.

How to Open a Restaurant
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Learn all about starting a business in the food industry

On this course, you’ll gain the key knowledge you need to start a successful restaurant business.

Training with world-leading hospitality experts at the Swiss Education Group (SEG), you’ll come away able to create profitable menus, structure and organise a kitchen, and build a brilliant brand.

Get winning strategies for being a top restaurant entrepreneur

Gain the know-how necessary to succeed as a restaurant entrepreneur in the competitive food and beverage industry.

You’ll study what works and what doesn’t when opening a restaurant, examining exactly what works in the food industry – and what doesn’t.

Learning why restaurants fail, you’ll study what you can do to avoid common pitfalls and give yourself the best chance of sustainable success.

You’ll explore how to create a strong brand that resonates with customers and builds an audience, using design thinking to help build a strong concept for your restaurant.

Identify the hottest current trends in the food world, and see how you can tap into the latest innovation in the industry, building a full digital marketing strategy that works for the food sector in the social media age.

Perfect your menu design and sales strategy

Consider how to create irresistible and profitable menus that take suppliers, human resources, and costs into consideration.

You’ll finish the course able to build a professional sales strategy, confident in your ability to become a successful and innovative restaurateur.

What topics will you cover?

  • Restaurants failures and main reasons
  • Global Food Trends and Innovation
  • Building a strong concept and Design Thinking
  • Marketing, Social Media, and Photography
  • Menu Design, Kitchen structure and Organisation
  • Finances and Sales Strategy

Prove you're job ready

Highlight the new, job-relevant skills you’ve gained and supplement existing qualifications with a hard-earned, industry-specific digital certificate – plus one for every course within your ExpertTrack.

  • Learn the latest in your chosen industry or subject.
  • Complete each course and pass assessments.
  • Receive certificates validated by the educating organisation.
  • Impress employers with learning outcomes you can add to your CV.
  • Make your career dreams a reality.

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What will you achieve?

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

  • Explore different winning strategies to open a restaurant. Ask yourself the right questions and find the right answers for a good business statement
  • Identify the success and failure drivers in the food and beverage industry. To avoid the gaps and traps of starting a business and become a sustainable value creator
  • Develop a strong brand so your customers will fall in love with it. Create a full marketing strategy with a strong focus on social media
  • Design irresistible and profitable menus while taking into consideration the different challenges, such as suppliers, costs and inspiration

Who is the course for?

This course would appeal to anyone with a passion for food who wants to develop their entrepreneurial skills. This includes budding restaurateurs, business owners, food and beverage managers, and hoteliers.

Who will you learn with?

Business Planning and Marketing Lecturer at Cesar Ritz Colleges Switzerland & Entrepreneur

Fine Dining Service Specialist at Cesar Ritz Colleges Switzerland

Wine and Beverage Specialist at César Ritz Colleges Switzerland

Food Science Specialist at César Ritz Colleges Switzerland

Gastronomy and Nutrition Specialist at César Ritz Colleges

Lecturer in Sales & Marketing, Finance, and Economics at César Ritz Colleges

Who developed the course?

Swiss Education Group

Swiss Education Group is Switzerland’s largest private hospitality educator and has its headquarters in Montreux (Switzerland), with additional offices in the Americas and Asia.

César Ritz Colleges

Online courses from César Ritz Colleges

About this ExpertTrack

Gain a competitive edge in the food and beverage industry and develop skills as a restaurateur, wine taster, and chef.

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