Food hygiene is one of the most important parts of working as a catering professional. Your food hygiene needs to be second to none and it is the primary consideration when preparing food. This is to ensure that it is safe to eat and that it will meet the standards set out by the Food Standards Agency. You will need to obtain a rating if you want to tell people your food hygiene standards. If you contact the Food Standards Agency, they will be able to help. They can give general information and help you to register your business, as well as helping you to organise your waste and recycling services. Make sure you are able to apply your food hygiene training wherever you are working. Ensure venues, where you agree to work, have safe and hygienic food preparation areas and professional kitchens for you to prepare and heat food.
Catering requires the production of food on a much larger scale than usual. It may include catering for parties, weddings, functions and other events where lots of people are present. When upping the amount of food you are going to be cooking, there are certain ways you will need to approach the transition. Make sure you are as organised as possible. You should prepare as much of the food ahead of time as you can. The preparation is going to be the part that takes the longest, as it will involve chopping vegetables, collecting together ingredients and making sure everything is ready to be cooked. If you can begin ahead of time, make sure you do. You also need to make sure you have the right equipment. You will need a bigger oven to cook in bulk and will need large saucepans to be able to cook big enough portions.
Your wedding day is one of the biggest days of your life. You will want everything to run smoothly from beginning to end and the details will all need to be in place. Food is such an important part of a wedding. Make sure you pick your caterers wisely. If the venue you want to hire has their own catering, make sure you discuss the options with them thoroughly. Try out the catering options and if you are not happy with the food, ask whether you would be allowed to hire external caterers. This could make or break from your dream venue. Often the best thing to do is hire in your own caterers who you have chosen carefully. Make sure you sample their food and see what all their menu options are like. Discuss prices as well – wedding catering is not cheap. They should have a set pricing structure so you know exactly what you will be spending.
A successful dinner party relies on some delicious dishes in order to keep your guests happy. They also need to be entertained and need to have a selection of drinks available to them, making it less than simple to strike the perfect balance when throwing your dinner party. Here are some tips to follow: Prepare as much of the food as you can beforehand. Don’t cook it too early or it may not taste as fresh as you want. However, you can get all of the ingredients ready. Entertain your guests. They are there because they want to spend time with you. Make sure you have planned your cooking schedule to give you time to talk to them. Don’t try to be too ambitious. Choose dishes that will impress your guests without trying to show off. Cook something you are confident with – a dinner party is not a time to try out new recipes.
Catering for vegans has never been easier. With a wide range of meat and dairy alternatives available and a push towards fresh, organic food, there are lots of ingredients on offer that are suitable for a vegan diet. Here are some of the things to think about when catering for vegans: • Make vegan options interesting. Gone are the days where vegans would be offered a plain salad in a restaurant. Use fresh ingredients to create some interesting options. • Think of the flavours. All flavours have to come from the ingredients – you can’t just rely on the quality of the meat. Find interesting twists and incorporate new food flavours into your dishes. • Don’t rely on meat substitutes. Sometimes, people simply don’t like meat. Have them as an option but don’t make all of your food include them. • Ask vegans for ideas. They will be able to give you some tips and pass on favourite recipes.