- Appetizers and Hors d'Oeuvre -- Study key elements of appetizers including their ingredients, selection, presentation and service techniques
- Condiments -- Discover the items that enhance the flavor of any dish, the "building blocks" of a garde manager; learn basic recipes for chutneys, relish, barbecues and pickles.
- Salad Creation -- Master the art of contrasting colors, flavors, textures and temperatures to make a well-composed salad
- Pates, Galantines, Terrines and Mousses -- Develop advanced techniques that accompany many sauces and garnishes including edible centerpieces; learn buffet preparation skills and how to smoke meats.
Garde manger skills are essential in everyday cooking because the Garde Manger chef needs to be well versed in a variety of areas. They must be able to execute: seasoning, poaching, simmering, searing, roasting, frying, curing, drying, smoking, marinating, grinding, pureeing, forming, molding, piping, spreading, slicing, cutting, carving, rolling, crimping, tossing, and presenting. Many chefs have the ability to perform a few of these skills but few can perform all of them.