When it comes to food, you well and truly know your stuff. Whether you’re trying out the latest sushi hotspot in Soho or you’re hopping on a plane to Paris to discover the world’s most delicious beignets, you’re always looking for a way to take your foodie passions to another level. You have travelled to Rome and experienced some of the greatest food you have ever tasted; from exquisite ice cream to sumptuous spaghetti, you really think you could make something more out of this hobby. You love diving into a new project and embracing everything that comes along with it. When you think about starting a career in the food industry you genuinely get excited to see where it might take you. From a young age you have always had big dreams, so it is now time to capitalise on this and start a new journey. You will always be a fabulous foodie full of ideas and imagination that is just waiting to be set free. Now is your chance to explore all of the opportunities in front of you and pursue your foodie passions. Consider all of the following ideas and see if you’re cut out for this tough, but rewarding industry.
Open Up a Restaurant
It might sound like a pipe dream right now, but could you actually imagine opening up your very own restaurant? Obviously you will need to save up a lot of startup capital to get your business off the ground, especially if you are thinking of opening up a place in London. You might want to head a little further afield in places such as Kent or Surrey; here you will be able to rent out a space at a much more affordable price. You with then need to think about decorating the property, ordering wholesale aprons for your employees as well as actually hiring your chef. You will need to be pretty savvy and business minded to make this venture work, but it is the perfect opportunity for a food lover just like you. Make sure you create a clear and concise business plan that is going to help you get started. Speak to other industry experts too and take in as much useful information as you can. It is true that the majority of restaurant businesses fail within their first six months, so it is your job to defy the odds and make your dreams come true.
Become a Blogger
If you’re not quite up to the challenge of opening up a restaurant just yet, then becoming a blogger is a great way to boost your profile and get involved in the food and drink industry. Popular brands are always looking for ambassadors to promote their products online, so if you do have a large social media following this could be your calling. Choose a food related topic which is quite niche rather than a generic food blog; you will be able to attract more people to your website this way and capitalise on a smaller market. Some niche food blog ideas could include, vegan desserts, pregnancy craving recipes or dairy free dishes. All of these ideas will appeal to a small group of people, but will allow you to explore so many different avenues within them.
Start a Small Business
If you’re feel like a true boss lady right now then you might want to consider starting a business on a smaller scale. You might not have the savings to go big straight away, but everybody has to start somewhere right? Perhaps you are amazing at baking or you have a flair for creating epic sandwiches. You could create a small, local company that provides amazing food for events, businesses or even individuals. You will need to be pretty hot in the kitchen to take on a venture like this but there isn’t anything you can’t do if you put your mind to it. Think carefully about where your personal skill sets lie and you will hit the nail on the head in no time.
Use Your Tasting Skills
Did you know that there are genuine job opportunities out there that involve gin tasting, chocolate checking and even dessert trying? This would be the ultimate foodie’s dream to be a professional taster. Look online for local adverts and see if any of the larger corporations are based near you. You might actually have to go through quite a lot of training to reach a high level but you can always work your way up the tasting ladder!
Be a Secret Shopper
A lot of restaurant owners hire secret shoppers to come into their establishment and taste their menus. All of this takes place completely under cover so that you can assess the competence of the employees and the taste of the food. You will essentially be getting paid to eat a gorgeous meal (probably complete with wine too!). If this sounds like something you would love to try out then why not pop into some of your local restaurants and see what their policies are? You might have to go through an agency if the process is more official than this, but this would definitely be a food lovers dream.
As you can see, there are so many possibilities when it comes to pursuing your passions. If you really have that fire inside of you then now is the time to set it free. You can’t become a business owner or blogger if you don’t truly love what you’re doing so make sure you have all of the enthusiasm in the world. Whether you’re feeling brave and want to open up your own restaurant or you want to try out your tasting skills as a career, there are so many paths for you to choose from. If this sounds like an enjoyable career step for you, then what are you waiting for? Start exploring all of the possibilities and thrive at the chance to work in an industry that truly excites you!
Love, Cally x