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Old 07-26-2006, 09:23 AM
heatherlee heatherlee is offline
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Hi Everyone,
I just wanted to thank you all for your words of wisdom and support. It's inspiring, and a great way to start off my day. I think it's smart to take a culinary class, I'm sure alot of options in D.C., just hard to find the time. I'm currently working in the "office scene", which is pure torture! There's alot of down time, so I'm taking a Spanish class, and studying here. Alot of pink donuts, and gossip around here. I appreciate the fact that I am in an area by myself. Everyday I am brainstorming with ideas on how I can reach my goals by this coming year. I can't tell you how nice it is to keep in contact with friends in the industry who understand. Can't wait to get started [-o< Also, I looked at some info on culinary classes online. The number of options, and types of classes are overwhelming. Any suggestions on narrowing it down ? ( type of class, etc.) Thanks again-Heather
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Old 07-26-2006, 10:36 AM
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Hi Heather,

All and any culinary programs/classes are GREAT to attend but you really need corporate specific inflight service training. Most emergency procedures training companies offer service training - whichever one you choose make sure you ATTEND their service program - culinary classes are great but using that training and what you can actually do onboard a corporate aircraft with a 2' counter is not quite the same!
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Old 07-26-2006, 10:44 AM
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I agree with Scott. No online course is worth it. You need to get with the food, handle it, garnish it, plate it and serve it. Plus, mostly everyone in this industry will look at that course and say: that's nice, but what type of inflight service training have you received?

Even a CIA course doesn't tell you how to work with food in a confined environment. I'm not putting down CIA, but if you are new to biz av then you need to show something that is specific to working on a bizjet. Certainly not online!
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Old 07-26-2006, 11:03 AM
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thanks for the suggestions, I was planning on taking the full 5-6 day training course at FACTS. It was suggested that I also take a culinary class in addition. I was checking online for options, not online classes.(you're right , not a good idea) I also read a comment that a food safety certification is a plus........ only a 2-day class. I think I need to get the professional training under my belt, then fill the gaps. I feel that I would like to make progress any way that I can, before I'm able to attend training, which will be in the Fall. Alot of questions, but I really appreciate the help. Thank goodness for this site, I hope I can help someone else in the future. Heather
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Old 07-26-2006, 11:21 AM
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You can gain a wealth of knowledge by taking a catering mentoring class too:
http://www.corporateflyer.net/CatererMentoring.htm

They are free and you can go to class ahead of your regular training.
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Old 07-26-2006, 12:48 PM
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I think you will really like the FACTS training...They are great!
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Old 07-27-2006, 09:20 AM
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Heatherlee,

If you are indeed planning on attending FACTS then plan on attending the first two days as they are devoted entirely to inflight service, food handling safety, garnishes, plating, catering, etc. But definitely if you are not well verse in food prep or presentation then additional courses are always a great idea! Like I said earlier - you can never have enough training!

Best of luck to you!
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Old 07-27-2006, 11:49 AM
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Just wondering, if you take the 2 day food service training course with FACTS, do you get a food handler's permit?

You can obtain a Food Handler's permit nation wide through your local Public Health department.
I'm sure it varies a bit in cost and training, but not much. It's a 3 hour course that takes you through the procedures of keeping your food safe.
It's costs about $10.00.

One thing that I am noticing in FBO fridges are coolers from planes that have the lids closed. This can increase the temp of the contents within the cooler to more than it is, in the actual fridge. Fridge temp should be no higher than 41 degrees, no lower than 38 degrees F.
Just an FYI.
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