# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Culinary Arts Specialization Task 420644044

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Calculate food cost.


Calculation results in a food-cost percentage based on overall inventory. Calculation should include

  • using the formula: food cost ÷ food sales = food-cost percentage
  • explaining why costing out an operation’s menu is the only way to calculate ideal food cost (i.e., the target cost of food in an operation).

Process/Skill Questions

  • What are the benefits of knowing food costs?
  • What are the benefits of knowing food sales?
  • What is the importance of standardization to food cost?
  • How does food loss or waste contribute to food cost?
  • What is cost control? Why is it important to a food service business?
  • Who determines food costs and tracks foods sales?
  • What leadership skills are needed to determine ideal food cost?
  • How can technology help keep track of food sales and food costs?
  • What is the effect of inventory accuracy on food cost?

Related Standards of Learning

History and Social Science


The student will apply social science skills to understand the role of government in the Virginia and United States economies by

  1. describing the provision of government goods and services that are not readily produced by the market;
  2. describing government’s establishment and maintenance of the rules and institutions in which markets operate, including the establishment and enforcement of property rights, contracts, consumer rights, labor-management relations, environmental protection, and competition in the marketplace;
  3. investigating and describing the types and purposes of taxation that are used by local, state, and federal governments to pay for services provided by the government;
  4. analyzing how Congress can use fiscal policy to stabilize the economy;
  5. describing the effects of the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy on price stability, employment, and the economy; and
  6. evaluating the trade-offs in government decisions.

Other Related Standards

FCCLA National Programs

Career Connection: My Career


Career Connection: My Life


Career Connection: My Path


Career Connection: My Skills


Financial Fitness: Earning


Financial Fitness: Spending


Power of One: A Better You


Power of One: Working on Working


FCCLA: STAR Events (2019)

Career Investigation


Check the national FCCLA portal.


Culinary Math Management




Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation


Professional Presentation


National Standards for Family and Consumer Sciences Education


Apply principles of measurement, portion control, conversions, food cost analysis and control, menu terminology, and menu pricing to menu planning.