What is food and beverage?
FnB department is the heart of the hospitality industry, with one of the largest department as food and beverage quality is the yard-stick which measures success for the establishment. Though all FnB services primarily revolve around gastronomical pleasures, acute knowledge of management, finances, inventory and hospitality are of utmost importance.
According to a recent FICCI Grant Thornton report “Unlocking the potential in the food and beverage services sector”, the F&B (food and beverage) market in India is worth Rs 2.04 lakh crore, presently. Further insights from the report state that there is a huge scope for brand and chains of both Indian and MNC brands as there is yet very less penetration in the space. That teamed with the advent of entrepreneurs to create new restaurant concepts built around specific themes as made a career in FnB services, an enticing one. As adventurous as it sounds, FnB services is a fast-paced environment which is full of challenges and is highly competitive.
Apart from hotels and restaurants, FnB services are an important facet to all hospitality organizations like, railways, airlines, cruise liners, corporate canteens and other allied industries.
FnB is a specialization under Hospitality Management. There are courses varying from 6 months certificate course to four-year Bachelors course especially as Cooks, Bakers, FnB Management, Operations Managers, etc. with options to pursue specialized masters too. All courses require candidates to have passed 10+2 with a minimum of 50% result with excellent command on English. The leading colleges also have their own entrance test, group discussions and interviews for admissions. While checking for suitable colleges, it is advisable to check affiliations, course structure, specializations and feedback from previous students.