Alex Susskind is a Professor of Food and Beverage Management and is currently serving as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Professor Susskind earned his Ph.D. in Communication from Michigan State University with a specialization in organizational communication and his MBA with a concentration in personnel and human relations. Alex earned his undergraduate degree at Purdue University in Restaurant, Hotel, and Institutional Management and is also a trained chef with a degree in Culinary Arts from The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Prior to starting his career in academia, Alex was a chef and restaurant operator for both independent and multi-unit restaurant companies in the Northeastern and Southeastern United States.
Your operation's brand is like a contract with the customer, and the expectation is that value will be delivered in relative accordance with price and quality of service. But keeping food costs down is no easy task. In fact, it's one of the most detail-oriented, scientific processes that go into running a restaurant and there are many challenges with keeping food costs controlled.
In this course, you'll learn to optimize your operation's profits by effectively managing your selection, procurement, receiving, storage, and inventory management processes.
- Evaluate recipes and product specifications to ensure quality and consistency
- Determine how much product to purchase
- Choose the right suppliers for your needs
- Evaluate receiving practices and identify opportunities to reduce cost and waste
- Apply best practices in storage and inventory control
How It Works
Who Should Enroll
- Individuals involved in the operation and financial performance of a restaurant or food and beverage service, from line-level employees through general management.
- Individuals who are new to the food and beverage industry and need to learn more about the specifics around restaurant operations.
- Students from every continent and from a diverse range of organizations, including franchisees, managed service contractors such as stadiums or arenas, hospitals, airlines and caterers.
- Students who do not work in restaurants but need to be conversant in operations of food and beverage providers will also benefit from these courses.