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Best jobs for foodies

Updated on September 10, 2015
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Erin Shelby is a freelance writer. She blogs at

If you love all things culinary, consider yourself a foodie. While many careers are in one day and out the next, food is in constant demand. Here are the top five careers for foodies.

Cake Decorator

If you enjoy working with all things sweet, consider working as a pastry chef or cake decorator. Working as a cake decorator is a great way to get your foot in the door of the food industry because some big box retailers will hire decorators with no experience. Working as a cake decorator is also a great entry-level opportunity for those already in culinary school wanting to do something else in the food industry.

Pastry Chef

If you have the time to invest in school, consider training as a pastry chef. Luscious chocolate, hand-kneaded bread and perfectly moist cakes are some of the works of the fine-trained pastry chef. Upon completing pastry chef training, you’ll use your ability to follow precise recipe directions along with your creative ability. Pastry chefs are needed in bakeries, grocery stores, country clubs and more, contributing to the job security of this position.

Line Cook

Do you enjoy meeting each customer's expectations? Consider a career as a line cook. Hotels, restaurants and bars will always need professionals to follow their standard recipes and deliver the expected quality of their brand. As the population ages, hospitals, retirement homes and assisted living facilities will continue to need staff to provide food services meeting each patient's dietary restrictions. Excellent fringe benefits are available depending on the organization hiring.

Restaurant Manager

Have you worked in a restaurant your entire life? If you’re wondering what you can do with these years experience in a restaurant or bakery, consider advancing to a food service management position. Restaurant managers mix a love of food with the people skills needed to work with the public. They’re required to think on their feet as customers are sometimes unhappy with the service and they’re called on to fix the situation. Restaurant managers are also responsible for communicating expectations to their staff and hiring the right people. An ability to work well with kitchen staff and wait staff is equally valuable.

Business Owner

After finishing culinary school or working for someone else, you may possess the know-how to strike out on your own. Whether you’ve been a cake decorator, pastry chef, line cook or restaurant manager, consider opening your own catering business. Rewards of this career include setting your own hours and pay rate, having total ownership of a project’s success and seeing clients enjoy the fruits of your labor. Culinary business owners can expect to work long hours and spend lots of time planning for success.

Which of these culinary careers looks most exciting to you?

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