Being a Top Chef Isn't the Only Path to Culinary Success
There’s a common perception, which suggests that the only way of achieving culinary success is by becoming a top chef. However, this is not true; today, if one wants to rule the world of culinary art, he or she has more ways of doing that besides becoming a top chef.
The huge popularity enjoyed by television shows like “Hell’s Kitchen”, “Cupcakes War”, “Top Chef” etc. clearly shows that food and everything surrounding it are still among the most loved forms of entertainment.
The recent years have not only seen an increase in the number of food shows on television, but have also witnessed thousands of cook books, food blogs, movies about chefs and foods being released. This trend stands as the evidence of the immense hunger people have when it comes to learning about cooking. What this also shows is people looking to make it big as a culinary expert have many other careers options to choose from besides becoming a renowned chef.
Food shows have allowed people to believe that they can make a career as a culinary expert even if they are not trained chefs. The only quality one must possess is passion of food; anyone who is passionate about food and want to turn his/her passion into profession can join a school offering courses in hospitality management or culinary arts and become trained culinary experts.
These schools get students with different academic backgrounds; people showing interest in hospitality management or culinary arts courses include teachers, nurses, attorneys, and writers. With the increase in number of food-based films and TV shows, cook books and food blogs in recent years, the number of students getting enrolled at these schools has also increased significantly.
Here’s how students graduating from these institutes can use their culinary arts or hospitality management degree (the option of becoming a chef is ignored as this discussion is about looking beyond it).
Restaurant owner: This is a great way of blending business and culinary instincts. As a restaurant owner one can either only take care of different aspects of the restaurant such as personnel, décor, menu, vendor/customer relation etc. or can manage all those things along with cooking.
Print journalist: Culinary experts are often hired by travel guides, magazines and newspapers for writing feature stories (on topics like food, spices, cooking procedures etc.) and restaurant reviews
Cookbook author: Trained culinary professionals can earn big bucks by writing cookbooks offering original recipes described in an easy-to-understand manner. The primary aim of a good cookbook should be making cooking easy and fun for readers.
TV chef: Teaching how to cook innovative dishes on television can be a great career for these people. They can either be the show host themselves or be part of culinary teams and work behind other big names. Doing cooking features for local TV stations is another attractive option.
Food blogger: This will require creation of a blog where new recipes and fresh information on food will be posted at regular intervals, preferably once every day or every week. If the blog is successful, Ad revenue generated from Google will allow the owner of the blog earn as much as a top chef.