Culinary Art is all about preparing and presenting food in a way that tantalizes not only your taste buds but all other senses as well. People who are not from the industry generally have a misconception that a Culinary Arts Qualification can lead you only to have a career in the Kitchen. However, the fact is, being a part of the commercial kitchen is just one facet of working in this industry. Apart from becoming a Professional Chef you have a variety of options to choose from, that can help you climb that career ladder and achieve greater heights. Read on to know more about the culinary options that fit you the best.
The idea of becoming an Entrepreneur after finishing your culinary education is not new to most of us. Although it requires a lot of patience and knowledge about the business aspects, there’s absolutely nothing more satisfying than working for yourself, for a living. If you have the money to invest, starting a restaurant, bakery, cafe or even a small-scale food production unit from home, wouldn’t be a bad idea to go about it as a beginner. Again, if you think you have an entrepreneurial bent then this is where you should be focusing more on. It’s all about finding your niche and acting accordingly.
A food consultant is a professional who offers business advice and assistance to F&B companies and entrepreneurs. The consultant is supposed to have tremendous knowledge in food and the various departments in the food industry. You could specialize in any of the particular areas such as start-ups, marketing, cost-cutting or re-branding, and the best part about being a consultant is that you could work as a freelancer for different companies at the same time.
Food Research & Writing
This is something new to many as a career for a culinary graduate. Food write-ups used to be only a part of magazines or as a supplementary column in the earlier days. The write-ups back then were too simple and straight to the point quite formal so to say. But now, things have changed. Thanks to the Internet, today we have blogs, websites and the print media exclusively dedicated to food. If you know food and have some flair for writing, then that’s all you need to become a food writer. If you are good enough you can work for print and social media platforms that are related to food.
Looking at a tempting food picture, have you ever wondered how they managed to make the food look so appealing? There comes the role of a food stylist. As the name suggests their job is to style the ‘ready-to-serve’ food at its best. A food stylist can make food look fresh for longer for photography purposes with some tricks that only they know as they understand food in depth. They know to play with food and together with the right props, they bring the best on the plate for a shoot. When it comes to a career, food styling is a fancy job and so is the pay.
This is a little different from other possible careers in the food industry. To be a food photographer you need to have good knowledge of photography, which is a given fact. But again, to capture food at its best is not every photographer’s cup of tea. You need to have a passion for food to excel in this field and along with the passion, if you also have good knowledge of food, it will definitely reflect in your pictures. If one is confident enough, you can work for food magazines, F&B Companies as their official Food photographer or a freelancer as well.
When you consider joining a culinary school, take all your interests and flairs into account in addition to just cooking, as they could all lead you to a wonderful career ahead. The above are just a few ideas but then the actual possibilities are endless considering what we are talking about here is the food industry which is never ever going to go out of style, as it is our necessity.
Some of our alumni who took on the challenge to do something different in the world of culinary include: Mohammed Bineesh (Ustad Hotel – Dubai), Katia Eustafiou (Wooden Cellar – Greek Deli, Sports City Dubai), Fayadh Aldoseri (Tea Club), Soniya Rajesh Lilaramani (Jodhpur – Downtown Dubai), Mahwish Aziz (Sugaries by Mahwish), Fazeel Damree (Le Chamerel, UK), Najoud Al Jabri (Chef on the Block) and Marjorie Conway (Luxe Catering, Australia) to name a few.
Others who have ventured out to a successful career in food blogging include; Malavika Raghavan ( Peace of Bake) Trevor (with Trevor), Annika Panniker (Annika Eats), Maryam Fuad (Snaps and Bites) and many more.