Do you love food? If so, you are in very good company – who doesn’t, after all! However, not all food lovers turn their passion into a career, and whether you dream of becoming a Michelin Star chef or just want to be involved in the food-making process, there are plenty of options out there. Let’s take a look at some of the food-inspired career options that you might consider.
Let’s start with the most obvious career move – becoming a chef. Simply put, it’s probably the most important job in the entire food industry. You might start your career in the kitchen of a local restaurant – perhaps washing dishes. But if you have the skill, dedication, and talent, you can go anywhere as a chef. You could join the army, work in a late-night diner, or end up in a high-class restaurant or hotel – there is a lot of choices.
You don’t have to be a chef to be in the restaurant business, of course. Why don’t you open one? Find a premises, hire a chef and some waiters, and get some insurance for your restaurant and all you need to do is your marketing. And if you really love food – especially the food you sell – the whole experience of sharing your passion with guests is about as good as it gets.
If your love of food is combined with a love of science, why not become a nutritionist? Once you qualify and register, your role will be to assess patients and ensure they are getting the best possible nutrition out of their meals. You will develop meal plans for them, help people recover from illnesses, and you might even help stars from the sports and movie worlds achieve their physique. Again, there are a lot of options in a career as a nutritionist, but ultimately it’s all about using science to help people.
Happier with a pen than a pot, but still love your food? If so, perhaps a career as a restaurant critic might be the best idea? As a food writer, the likelihood is that you’ll start off small – perhaps with a local newspaper. But once you reach the top of your game as a food critic, you will be eating in some of the best restaurants in the world, writing about your experiences, and, best of all, getting paid for the pleasure!
Food truck owner
Believe it or not, if you can make it big as a food truck owner, it could make you millions. Again, you’ll be starting small – perhaps finding a pitch somewhere local. But once you start hitting the local event and festival circuits, you will find your name starts to travel. And once you go national, you can see the entire country, bring your food stall and truck to some of the best events in the world, and make a killing every weekend.
As you can see, you don’t have to be a chef to make it with food. And if you love using your taste buds, when combined with your other skills, it could result in a profitable – and thoroughly enjoyable – career.