Career Options for the Foodie

Food Styling

Culinary Art means all things food. This art is about preparing and presenting food in a way that tantalizes not only your taste buds but other senses too. People who are not from the hospitality industry generally have a misconception that a Culinary Arts Qualification can only lead your career to a Commercial Kitchen. However, being part of the commercial kitchen is just one facet of the vast field. Apart from becoming a Professional Chef you have a variety of options to choose from within the industry. Read on to know more about the culinary options that best fits you.

Entrepreneur/Business

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 knowing your niche and acting accordingly.

 

Food Consultant

A food consultant is a professional who offers business advice and assistance to startups or who are already in the business. The consultant could offer assistance to any type of food business. He/she is supposed to have tremendous knowledge in food and the various departments of the food industry. You could specialise 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 the companies.   

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 Internet, today we have blogs, websites and the print media exclusively dedicated to food. If you know food and have some flair to write well that’s all you need to become a food writer. If you are good enough you can work for print and social media platforms related to food.

Food Stylist

When you look at a beautiful and tempting picture of food in a magazine or a cookery show, have you ever wondered how they manage 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 they can apply as they know 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.

Food Photographer

This is a little different from other possible careers in the food industry. To be a food photographer you need to have good knowledge in 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 more than passion if you also know about food well, it will definitely reflect in the pictures taken.  If one is confident enough, you can work for food magazines, F&B Companies as their official Food photographer or you could be 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 a daily necessity.

Some of our famous alumni who took on the challenge of becoming one of these Culinary careers includes: Katia Eustafiou (Wooden Cellar – Greek Deli, Sports City Dubai), Fayadh Aldoseri (Tea Club), Soniya Rajesh Lilaramani (Jodhpur – Downtown Dubai), Sana Agha (Cafe Latch – Lahore), Mahwish Aziz (Sugaries by Mahwish), Fazeel Damree (Le Chamerel, UK),Najoud Al Jabri (Chef on the Block), Marjorie Conway (Luxe Catering, Australia) and Vanessa Bayma (Chef Vanessa Bayma) to name a few.

Others who have ventured out to a successful career in food blogging and photography includes: Trevor (with Trevor), Annika Panniker (Annika Eats), Maryam Fuad (Snaps and Bites) and many more.

Shruti Raj

A simple writer, with hands on experience in Public Relations and Communications. An ardent lover of food with a natural flair in culinary arts, who loves to write anything and everything about food, with a career background of more than half a decade invested in various communication fields. Now being a part of ICCA Dubai Digital Marketing team, she intends to showcase her professional expertise in web & print content development and food photography, and adapt to learn more with the team.

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