Professional Programs

Certificate Program in Cheese Studies

Class starts January 24, 2024

This in-depth exploration of cheese varieties and production examines an international array of cheeses, from farm to table. Award-winning cheese monger and internationally-renown entrepreneur Ihsan Gurdal teaches students the techniques used in making all types of cheese, from the softest washed rind to Parmigiano Romano. Gurdal will share stories about visiting cheesemakers worldwide, the vast work they put into their craft, and the hurdles he has jumped through to import product internationally. Each class will include cheese tastings paired with condiments and wine. Successful completion of this course and final exam will lead to a certificate from Boston University.

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Becoming a Personal Chef, with Claudia Catalano

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Led by Claudia Catalano, writer for The Boston Globe and owner of Wild Carrot personal chef services, this course will guide students through the process of planning, starting, and maintaining a personal chef business. It will cover a full range of topics, including but not limited to: food preparation skills, recipe and menu development, food packaging, cooking approaches, time management, and cooking for special diets. It will also cover how to develop an initial business plan that includes pricing structure, business goals, and marketing strategy. Students will have the opportunity to work in a professional kitchen and taste and evaluate each other's make-ahead meals and will get feedback on business ideas, recipes, and marketing strategies. Guest speakers will offer insight into the industry by sharing their own unique approaches.

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