Do you know how to cook specific meals to meet a special diet?

Delicious food can be good nutrition for our bodies, but also for our soul. Being able to put a smile on someone else's face by providing a delectable hearty meal is an experience you can't put a price on.

However, not everyone can just consume all types of food to their hearts' content. Many have some form of specialised diet or food intolerance/allergy which means we have to pay special attention to the ingredients that go into meals.

As a food service provider, acknowledging and keeping up with the demands of customers can prove to be bountiful – you'll be reaching out towards a wider variety of people of all special diets.

A commercial cookery course at Kenvale can help you master the necessary knowledge, skills and techniques required to not just create masterpieces on plates, but also cater towards special diets. It's an invaluable skill to have, with so many businesses jumping on the bandwagon with their gluten- or dairy-free menu options.

Do you know what the dietary needs are of your customers?Do you know what the dietary needs are of your customers?

Understanding the needs of our customers

The inability to eat a certain type of food isn't an uncommon problem – the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy estimate that around one in 20 children and two in 100 adults have a food allergy.

Meanwhile, others choose to go on special diets as a lifestyle choice. No matter the reason, it seems the demand for specialised meals are rising – reports that airlines are among the many businesses that are working to cater for these needs, stating that some airlines are drafting up to 35 sets of menus!

Looking at popular airlines, Emirates and Cathay Pacific take the cake with over 20 different menus, with Virgin Australia not far behind at 19.

By incorporating special meals into menus, it shows that a business is. rising to meet the needs of their valued customers.

How can a cookery course help?

Of course, the real magic in producing these specialised meals takes place in the kitchen. It's not enough to omit these foods from a meal, but proper skills in food handling when cooking are also required to prevent cross-contamination of foods. There can be severe consequences for some people if they are accidentally exposed to a certain ingredient, hence the importance of skills that extend beyond just crafting tantalising meals.

Learning these proper skills with one of our cookery courses will give you an advantage, especially when looking to work in a business that has recognised these needs. Understanding the dietary requirement of customers can help to provide a service that they'll praise and recommend to others.

For more information about the wide range of skills you can acquire at Kenvale, get in touch with our team today.

What takes place in the kitchen is important to a customer's special diet.What takes place in the kitchen is important to a customer's special diet.

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