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A foodservice consultant is an expert who provides specialized advice and assistance to their clients. They offer knowledge and experience that may not be available in-house or at the time of need. Their primary goal is to enhance the welfare of the client organization through the design and implementation of foodservice facilities and/or systems.
With a deep understanding of the foodservice and hospitality industry, consultants advise and educate clients on a wide range of topics. They bring a high degree of industry experience to their work and provide independent, objective advice to facilitate communication between the project team and foodservice operations professionals. Acting as an advocate for foodservice operations, consultants enhance their clients’ businesses.
Foodservice consultants come from various educational backgrounds, such as business, architecture, culinary arts, computer science, engineering, and hospitality. Practical experience in restaurants serving, managing, and cooking is also valuable.
To enter the consulting field, students can enroll in WKU’s foodservice consultant certificate program, gaining valuable skills and knowledge for an entry-level position in a consulting firm.
Foodesign Associates, Charlotte, NC
Photographer: Andrew Haviland, FUZE
The design consultant works with clients to conceptualize and create design/ construction documents for all types of commercial, retail and institutional foodservice venues.
Mt Holyoke College, New Dining Commons, South Hadley, MA
Ricca Design Studios | Photographer: John Jurgens Photography
Management Advisory Service Consultancy
Management Advisory Services (or MAS) consultants’ job is to aid the client in creating and sustaining a foodservice program that fulfils their philosophical vision, while meeting practical functional and financial goals.
Waller High School, Waller, TX | Foodservice Design Professionals, LLC | Photographer: Chad Davis
Equipment Manufacturing & Supply Consultancy
Individuals interested in Equipment Manufacturing & Supply have an amazing opportunity to immerse themselves in a career path that offers many possibilities from domestic and global brands.
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Internships opportunities are open to experienced industry professionals and graduates from a hospitality program and is the most valuable path to professional status as a foodservice consultant. The Foundation can assist with matching funding for qualified candidates for internships with existing FCSI-affiliated firms. Additionally, the Foundation can assist with funding to attend FCSI industry events.
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