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Potato University

The definitive program for perfecting your knowledge of all things potato.

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Farm to Fork Journey

Potato University

Learn everything you need to know about potatoes. From fresh to frozen to dehydrated potatoes, Potato University will take you on a farm-to-fork journey where you will learn about the different potato types and how to best use them. You’ll also learn how to store them properly along with potato nutrition and current menu trends. And when it comes to cooking, you’ll find modules on roasting, baking, frying, sautéing, and more. In the future, additional modules will be offered on an increasing range of information and techniques on how best to utilize potatoes on your menus.


All About Potatoes

The United States is a world leader in potato production and processing. From seed to harvest,  U.S. commercial potato growers rely on experience and research to utilize the best production practices.

Learn about the farm to fork process of U.S. potatoes.

  • Growing
  • Harvesting
  • Storage
  • Processing

Cooking Techniques

As one of the most affordable and versatile items on the menu, potatoes are a staple in foodservice. Potatoes are craveable and hold a special place in the hearts of patrons and chefs alike.

Learn about the following cooking methods and more.

  • Baking and Roasting
  • Frying and Sautéing
  • Boiling and Poaching
  • Simmering and Steaming

Menu Trends

There are constantly new and unique potato applications being developed and launched on menus. The versatility of potatoes makes them a great, blank canvas for global flavors.

Learn how potatoes lend themselves perfectly to the top modern foodservice trends.

  • Bowls
  • Pizza
  • Asian Cuisine

Potato Formats

There are more than 200 varieties of potatoes sold throughout the United States. Each of these varieties fit into one of seven potato-type categories: russet, red, white, yellow, blue/purple, fingerling, and petite.

Learn about the characteristics and best applications for all potato types and formats.

  • Fresh Potatoes
  • Dehy Potatoes
  • Frozen Potatoes

Potato Nutrition

When it comes to the nutritional value of your menu and your guests making informed food choices, you can feel good about serving potatoes. Potatoes are a popular, nutrient-dense vegetable that provides the energy, potassium, and Vitamin C.

Learn about the nutritional benefits of potatoes.

  • Dietary Guidelines
  • Consumer Perceptions

Become a Potato Grad!


Frequently Asked Questions

Are Potato University courses in-person?

All Potato University courses are 100% online and designed to be taken at your own pace.

Who would benefit from Potato University?

Potato University students come from various areas of the food industry, including volume restaurant chains, restaurant groups, universities, catering, broadline distributors, food contract management companies, culinary school programs, potato industry organizations and retailers. There is something for everyone at Potato University.

What is the cost to attend Potato University?

There is no cost to attend Potato University. It is a 100% complimentary program designed for foodservice professionals.

What Potato University Graduates Say

"I enjoyed how easy the course content was to understand. Thank You."

"Loved the ideas for on-trend dishes, especially for plant-based foods and global cuisine. Really great info! The cooking techniques review was also really comprehensive and a great refresher since culinary school was awhile ago for me."