AHLE-X Skills Academy proudly presents:

Food Costing and Cost Control

AHLE-X is a Hospitality Training Provider with City & Guilds approval that runs high-impact training programmes for the Hospitality Industry at professional and operational levels and to new entrants into the industry.

AHLE-X has level 4 B-BBEE compliance.

Course objectives

Understanding how food costs are controlled is vital to ensuring profitability of an establishment. The food costing and cost control course provides the Chef with an understanding of a food control system and addresses, how costs are controlled, the calculation of food costs, how to evaluate the performance of various dishes on a menu and evaluating deviations in food cost results.

Pre-requisite learning

  • Basic menu costing knowledge (please refer to the basic food costing course here)

Who should attend?

  • Any person who is required to manage food costs and implement cost control systems

Course outcomes

The 1 day course covers the following outcomes:

  • Explain why a food control system is necessary and the factors that affect the controls in such a system.
  • Discuss the principles of a control system.
  • Recognise the stages in the system where financial losses can occur.
  • Describe the precautions you need to take at each of these stages to prevent losses.
  • Understand the calculation of food cost and food cost percentages.
  • Perform a menu analysis to improve profitability of menus.
  • Understand the need for standards for food costing.
  • Describe how sales histories are used in planning and how to forecast sales.
  • Know how to present month-end costing and how to explain deviations from the original standards.

Course duration

1 day

Course cost

This course is delivered in your organisation.

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  • Includes a certificate of attendance

What the organisation needs to provide

  • Suitable and safe training venue
  • Equipment: data projector and screen, flip chart
  • Refreshments

What the learner needs to bring

  • Calculator

For more information please e-mail or contact us on 086 102 4539

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