Are you a foodie who has often heard the dialogue: You are fit only for eating? Well, if you have ever been embarrassed about your finesse for eating, then it's time to shoo that guilt away and instead take pride in it. There are an array of professions just for foodies that you must know. Check them out and make your career choice effectively.
Dietitians are health professionals who advise patients on the right kind of diet to follow according to their disorders. A dietitian helps in forming diet charts for a balanced food intake in terms of nutrition according to the patients' body requirements. The basic qualification required to become a dietitian is a bachelor's degree in nutrition and dietetics.
A chef is the highest authority in a hotel kitchen who guides the team of culinary experts in cooking. You could begin as a kitchen assistant and then progress in various levels of chef such as station chef, head chef and executive chef.
The basic qualification to become a chef is a diploma or bachelor's degree in hotel management. Usually you get to progress as a chef with your experience rather than educational qualification.
Food Truck Owner
A food truck could be a mobile van or a mini restaurant. The USP of this is that you could move the truck to various places and let people explore your cuisine and impress those who have not known about it before. You must own a truck, have knowledge in cooking, hire a driver or self-drive and have assistants to prepare food in order to become a food truck owner.
This might look like an easy job and a luxurious one. Well, if you are a foodie, it might be what it seems! All you need to do is taste different varieties of foods and make sure if it is fit to be prepared and presented in the hotel. One of the key skills required to do this is great taste buds that can differentiate varieties of the same product like coffee or chocolate. A bachelor's degree in food science will help you out with the same.
Food journalists could be those who write or present food reviews. This is one of the best ways for restaurateurs to promote their restaurants, and most of them would readily allow you to review their restaurant while offering you free food because of the publicity they would receive through the media for the review.
These days, you don't necessarily have to be a professional journalist to become a food journalist. Food blogging is the latest trend and you could post your reviews on your blog hassle-free.
Baking is now considered as one of the relaxing art therapies. Making cakes, savouries and chocolates come under baking. Usually, whatever is made using an oven is considered a baked dish. You could either own a bakery shop or run a home bakery and deliver your goodies on order.
You don't really need an educational qualification in baking to become a baker. There are a lot of online tutorials that help you get started and support your venture.
Although there are umpteen recipes available online, if you have unique recipes according to various needs, you may as well compile them and sell them as books. The trend now is uploading free videos online via YouTube and earning through ads based on the number of page clicks. Since the digital platform is fast growing, it would be wise to make the best use of it.
A caterer caters to the need of a large number of people by providing food in bulk for events and functions. Usually, a caterer requires a catering unit that includes cooks and kitchen assistants that he or she heads. A caterer will have to procure the raw materials, cook them and make a dish ready at the stipulated time.
Those with a degree in hotel management and catering can take this up instantly. Otherwise, you could do an apprenticeship with a caterer, learn from them and then become one independently.
Food Safety Officer
There are aspects of food apart from the health, nutrition and taste quotients. Safety and hygiene play equally important roles in the quality of food.
Food safety is usually governed by the government under a department called Food Safety Corporation at the state level and Food Safety Authority of India (FSAI) at the central level. There are also other bodies such as the ISI that guarantee the quality of food products by conducting prior tests.
Photography these days is more than just taking still pictures. Specialising in a beat like food could put you a notch higher than those who do not find their niche area of interest in this field.
As a food photographer, you might have to do some food styling (present the food items in an appealing way), capture photos and then edit them to make them drool-worthy. A degree in viscom or a photography-related course is sufficient to get started. With more practise and experience, you could gain expertise in this area.
Well, if you thought that agriculture was far beyond reach or not doable, then reconsider your notion. A lot of urban methods of farming have proliferated like terrace farming, vertical farming and kitchen gardening.
You could start small by growing vegetables in a garden and then expand it once you get the hang of it. A degree in agriculture of farming could help you a great deal with this. Nevertheless, educational qualification is not a mandate for farming. Growing organic vegetables can help you harvest healthy vegetables that you may sell and use simultaneously.
The flavours, essence and aromas in different foods are prepared by chemists - they add to the taste of the food to make it more delectable. A degree in chemistry or food science can help you get started. A master's degree can help you create your own flavours, patent them and then sell them.