Do you consider yourself something of a connoisseur with food? Do you like the idea of playing a part in the supply chain that keeps our whole society fed? If you want to make sure that you’re satisfied in your work, then working in a field that you are passionate about and a career you’re inspired by is vital. As such, if you got food for thought, literally, here are some paths you might want to consider.
Perhaps the most obvious answer for many, at least those who love the cooking aspect of food, is to become a chef. It’s very demanding work and it usually involves starting as an assistant in some restaurant kitchen. However, taking cookery lessons and building experience in those high-pressure environments can help you build a future career as the head of your own kitchen. It’s a competitive industry, however, and not everyone is going to become a TV chef from it. You need to be ready to keep your skills sharp at all times to find and keep positions.
You don’t need to be a big farmer with huge tracts of land in order to be able to sell your own food products at your local farmers’ market. With even a little land, you could, for instance, look at setting up a homesteading operation. Farmers’ markets are booming as people are looking for local produce options.
If you have a great organizational mind and a penchant for problem-solving, then you could instead be working in the industry that keeps us all fed, instead of simply working with preparing food. As it is ever-growing, there are plenty of food industry jobs that you may want to consider. From manufacturing management jobs, you might be able to find your way climbing higher into the ladders of the big food corporations out there, too, so it’s a career with potentially plenty of room for growth.
There are jobs that could see you using your passion for and knowledge of food without needing to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Cooking writers are always needed for magazines and online publications. Meanwhile, culinary librarians are, as the name suggests, librarians who help manage, curate, and facilitate the use of collections of books all dedicated to the art of cooking, usually to the benefit of a community of chefs.
Another job that might not require any particular culinary skill. If you love food but you’re not great at cooking it, then you could help to sell it, instead. With your skills in photography, you can take photographs of foods, ingredients, and meals that go in magazines, on websites, and in all manner of marketing materials.
There are plenty of jobs that food-lovers can aspire to beyond simply cooking, which hopefully the points above help you learn. See if any of the jobs above can lead you to a fulfilling (and filling) career.