This would be a dream job for many! A chocolate taster could work at a confectionary manufacturer, a chain store or for a chocolatier. Mostly this would involve tasting different types of chocolate from all over the world and choosing the best for their product. Fillings would also have to be tried and tested. The Chocolate Taster would also pick the best seasonal produce for their company.
Personal Chefs are becoming more and more popular, with more families wanting to sit down and eat healthy meals together. The Personal Chef will shop and prepare meals in advance, ready for the family to pre-heat later. They can also specialize in certain food ranges eg. vegan or raw or may work with people who have food allergies for example.
For some it’s the ideal job, to get paid for drinking wine, thinking about it and then talking about it. A wine taster should however have an in depth knowledge of wine and how it is grown and be able to talk about the aromas and grape tastes in detail. They may also review wines and assess them on a points scale or judge at a competition.
A food writer can write for magazines or newspapers or just be a clever blogger with a love of food. They may write about cuisine from different countries and cultures or report on what trends are happening in the food world. Bloggers may write about their own style of cooking and the food that interests them.
You don’t have to be Heston Blumenthal to be a Molecular Gastronomist. All you need is to be creative, think outside the box and have something of a mad scientist approach for great results. With this talent you could potentially be a dinner party genius or specialize and work in a hotel or restaurant to showcase your talent.
Everyone’s a critic and we all have our ideas of what’s good and bad about a meal. The Food Critic will be a known face and will review restaurants and comment on trends and this will appear in a newspaper, magazine or on the internet. Of course, food is for free and it’s up to the restaurant to impress as the Food Critic can make or break with one review.
Unlike the Food Critic, the Mystery Diner is working undercover and is not just evaluating the food. They will be looking at cleanliness, the staff, the service, the food and everything else in between. Their job is to be eagle eyed and report back, so that the company concerned can make improvements. You need a high attention to detail for this one and you will get paid to eat out.
The Food Stylist is part creative wizz and half scientist. They have to make sure that food looks great when being photographed or filmed. It has to look as appetizing as possible – the irony being, you probably could not actually eat the final product being styled as it may have been treated with substances to make it look better that are not edible or it may be glued together to make it last the day!
The Nutritionist has usually got a scientific or holistic background and specializes in advising patients are the correct diet for their condition and advising on eating healthily. They will take each case individually and tailor the perfect dietary plan to meet the client’s needs.
The Recipe Writer is half writer and half chef. Recipes need to be created and tried and tested again and again for consistency. These recipes may then go into a cookbook, a magazine article or a website. Even top chefs who have their own cookbooks employ Recipe Writers to make sure the recipe works every time.
If you have a passion for food and wine, you don’t have to become the next Master Chef or work in a kitchen for years. The food industry has opened up incredibly in the last 10 years or so, making it easier for anyone who loves food to work within which was once, quite a restrictive industry. With passion, ambition and a little bit of luck, there are some amazing opportunities out there if you look... So where could your foodie dream take you?