SITHKOP015 - Design and cost menus

    Unit code: SITHKOP015 | Study level: TAFE
    Footscray Nicholson
    SITHKOP010 - Plan and cost recipes
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to design profitable menus for all types of cuisines and food service styles. It requires the ability to identify target markets for the organisation, design menus to meet market preferences, price menu items and to monitor and evaluate the success of menu performance.The unit applies to hospitality and catering organisations and to those people who operate independently and are responsible for making a range of operational and strategic decisions. This includes senior catering managers, and sous, head and executive chefs.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce & extend knowledge and skill competence within set & controlled parameters in accordance with each units learning outcomes & performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines.

    Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills:

    • source and evaluate information on current and emerging food service trends, customer preferences and target markets and use to inform menu design outlined below
    • develop and cost one menu from each of the following menu types based on the above information:
      • à la carte
      • buffet
      • degustation
      • table d’hôte
    • develop the above four menus demonstrating:
      • current and emerging food service trends
      • methods and formulas for calculating portion yields and costs from raw ingredients
      • desired profit margins and mark-up procedures
      • summary of menu costings.

    Required reading

    The qualified trainer and assessor will provide teaching and learning materials as required in the form of workbooks produced by the VU Polytechnic and/or via the VU Polytechnic e-learning system.

    As part of a course

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