Professional and Certificate Programs

Offering top-notch programs in the Culinary Arts; Wine Studies and Cheese Studies; and other Professional Certifications, Boston University provides in-depth education for professionals and those seeking to enter the field.

ServSafe Certification

A ServSafe certificate can be the key to entering many food-related careers. The ServSafe exam, sponsored by the National Restaurant Association, covers all aspects of food safety: handling, storing, preparing, and serving. Those who pass the exam will be certified by ServSafe in food safety. Upon registration, the ServSafe textbook will be sent to students in preparation for the exam.

The Basics of Starting a Food Business, with John Vyhnanek

Whether you want to start a café, pizzeria, pub, catering company, or food shop, you will need a plan and expert advice on how to go about it. This five-Saturday certificate course will be taught by John Vyhnanek, a restaurant consultant, small business owner, culinary instructor, and chef. Food industry professionals will also join the class to share their hands-on knowledge and insights. To receive the certificate, you must attend all five sessions and prepare a business plan, to be handed in at the last session (business plans will be held in confidence).

Cheese Certificate Program, with Ihsan Gurdal

This in-depth exploration of cheese varieties and production will look at an international array of cheeses—from their beginnings on the farm to the finished product at the table—and will include wine pairings. The final class will be a tour of a cheese farm. Successful completion of the course and final exam leads to a certificate from Boston University.

Food Photography, with Nina Gallant

Food photographer Nina Gallant will teach students the essentials of food photography at her studio in Allston.
Week 1: How to think and see like a camera
Week 2: Learn Photoshop Elements and basic photo editing
Week 3: Tell a food story through pictures and on-location practice via field trip
Week 4: More photo editing and final project presentation

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