October 30, 2009. Retrieved online November 2, 2009 from Brook Stockberger, Las Cruces Sun-News
LAS CRUCES — Janet Green has a message to anyone who wants to open a restaurant: Remember that cooking food is just one of many important aspects you’ll have to master.
Green, 50, is the director of New Mexico State University’s School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management.
“In some ways, it’s everybody’s dream to own their own little restaurant or their own bar or some type of business and they want to make people happy and serve food,” she said. “But (you need to) have the management training to be able to manage the front of the house and the back of the house, and find capital to open a business and know how to market it and identify the locations and labor laws and other things to go along with that dream.”
That is why, although food preparation is an important part of the curriculum for students, Green said that a degree in hotel, restaurant and tourism management is “really a business-based degree.”
“We don’t train people to be chefs here,” she said. “But we give them the competency in food and beverage management so when they are a hotel manager or a restaurant manager, they (can) know what their chefs should be doing.”
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