March 17, 2017

5 Reasons to Consider a Career in the Food Industry

Quote- “People who love to eat are always the best people”- Julia Child

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If you’re anything like me, you associate food with love and art. I remember with a great deal of fondness, the delicious aroma of dishes that used to waft from my Grandma’s kitchen. I still have a keen appreciation of the colour and finesse of meals in my favourite restaurants along with the symmetry and design of beautiful desserts. Yes, all of these have the power to bring pangs of nostalgia and send me bubbling over the edge with excitement. It even makes me even want to consider a career in the Food Industry.

When it comes to eating delicious food, we are all emotionally invested. A morsel of decadent chocolate cake has the power to awaken our imagination, a plate of cottage pie makes us long for childhood and there is literally a yearning associated with certain aromas and spices.

Let’s face it. Food is no longer thought of as just a means of sustenance. It is art, it is emotion, it is passion, rolled up, sliced, diced and spliced and fed not just to our mouths, but directly to our senses and souls. 

Books and movies such as the acclaimed “Eat. Pray. Love” and “Chocolat” have captured my imagination. They’ve made me feel that our lives need to be filled with the mindful and earthy pleasure of enjoyment.

Food is a Celebration of Love!

If you’ve been evaluating the idea for a while now and need some concrete reasons to make your first foray into the world of culinary arts, this is it.

1. Your Attitude determines your Success

Quote-“I am not a chef. I am not even a trained or professional cook. My qualification is as an eater.” – Nigella Lawson

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Famous culinary artists such as Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson are not just selling recipes. They embody an attitude and a lifestyle. They add flavour and flair to everything that they touch whilst also caring for the way the world works. When you begin a career in the food industry, you will also be able to bring that “chutzpah” to the table.

2. You learn how to combine Love with Discipline

Quote- “A recipe has no soul. You as the cook must bring soul to the recipe.”- Thomas Keller

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If you would like to get into the food industry, it helps to follow it up with some culinary training. Yes, it’s perfectly alright to want to get elbow deep into the dough and eat cookie batter straight out of the dish… when you’re at home! By enrolling in a culinary course you will learn how to harness all that raw talent and passion and turn it into MasterChef-level cooking skills.

3. Food and Social Media: The Possibilities are Endless

Food photography is a growing art on social media

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Visual arts and food have come together in a way that has never been seen before. Food looks sweeter, glossier and shinier.  No, this is not the time of the mundane chopped onion, but rather the seductive draping of a piece of lean meat across a designer plate. As your journey in the food industry unfolds you can leverage social media platforms and build great traction for your own personal brand as a prominent Instagram foodie.

4. People ALWAYS Need to Eat

A selection of mini sweet treats and desserts

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The food industry is one that never sleeps. There is always a hungry belly to feed, a new set of taste buds to tantalise and a way in which to present food which someone hasn’t seen before. If you have new and innovative ideas that relate to the food industry, the market is literally wide open waiting for your interpretation.

5. Lifelong Career Options

Look at your hands! As long as they are flexible, supple and arthritis-free, there are all kinds of foods that you can prepare. The Food Preparation Industry is one that is always changing and you can shape it, mould it, change it and fit into it in whichever way you see fit. The skills that you will learn will be transferrable, which means that you can train new people and eventually start your own business.

When you think about it, food really is the vehicle that allows us to express a wealth of emotion. The plate is our canvas, love an ingredient, and our hands the tools with which we can influence, nourish and change the world we live in!

Food really is Love - Marc David


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