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Food Jobs: 150 Great Jobs for Culinary Students, Career Changers and FOOD Lovers Paperback – September 1, 2008
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So you're thinking of a spot in the food world but don't know where to start? Irena Chalmers's new book, Food Jobs (Beaufort Books, 2008), may help you focus your energy. Chalmers, a culinary businesswoman and author, offers sketches of 150 different food-related jobs, divided among nine categories --everything from busboy to flavor maker to seed scientist to fortune-cookie writer. The book and the website and blog that go with it (foodjobsbook.com) are engaging reads. --Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, March 29, 2009
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A James Beard Foundation "Who's Who" of Food and Beverage in America award recipient, Irena has delighted and captivated audiences and readers with her wit and commentary on the food world and its many trends. She is a past president and founding member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals and Les Dames d'Escoffier. Irena is a member of the faculty of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, a national food essayist and columnist for Chef magazine, and a culinary mentor to many.
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With that issue out of the way, I think this book could be useful for certain people who are really in the dark about available food-related jobs. With that said, after reading this book, you will have a tough time getting any of these jobs with the exception of working in a restaurant, retail setting, or starting your own business. The majority of these jobs are 90% dependent on the connections you have with people in the business. Additionally, many of these jobs are based on people being "experts" in a particular area, something that is very tough to convince others of.
The other issue I have with this book is that it is really more of a tool to get your thoughts going rather than a useful handbook or guide that goes into depth on how to make it in a particular area of the food industry. Much of the book is based on starting a small business of some type...this is great and all, but for the most part, one would be much better off working in a similar, already established business while studying the essentials of running one.Read more ›
Irena has filled the pages with examples, testimonials and research demonstrating how to make your passion into a rewarding career. So, exactly how many people are out there that hate their jobs? Apparently they never read this book.
What I like is the wealth of opportunities discussed, this is so very valuable to students who think the only option is restaurants or the Food Network. The problem is, the vast majority of jobs my students will qualify for out of school are in a restaurant, usually as prep cook or pantry. So while it is great for them to know there are other jobs out there this book isn't immediately practical for them. I doubt many of them will end up being a futurist or a garbage anthropologist or a vinegar taster or cowboy or egg peeler which are all jobs listed in this book. But there is nothing else out there that I could find that talks about food jobs and it is good for them to know there are options outside the catering and restaurant jobs we talk about, so I grabbed a copy. Who knows, maybe one of my students will decide to be a food radio host.
I was inspired by the author's knowledge and writing style. I also appreciated learning about not only so many jobs which are involved with food, but also new ways of thinking about the job search process.
Before you get a new job, or change your career direction, if you read this book you'll be sure to pick up lots of new ideas. This is a very interesting book on many levels.
It takes great skill to describe positions so that people think, "Hey, I could do that." Irena recently wrote, "If you can do crossword puzzles and read a map, you have the kind of brain that would enable you to be a cookbook indexer or a fact checker." I immediately sat up and thought I may have the skills to break into the business after all!
I look at Irena's delightful listing of unusual food jobs as proof that there is truly something for everyone. No matter how esoteric your passions, there is someone out there that needs your expertise. From those who want to cook on the line, to product demonstrators, anthropologists, and cookbook doctors, there is something for everyone.
Start reading this book and your synapses will immediately begin firing. One option after the other, comments from some of the best minds in the business, references to books you should read, organizations you can join, and blogs to follow - the opportunities are endless and the only limitation is your own imagination. Buy "Food Jobs" and start on your path to becoming a happier and healthier person.
Food Jobs: 150 Great Jobs for Culinary Students, Career Changers and Food Lovers
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Full of great information for people considering a job in the food industry.Published 8 months ago by Benjamin
Not particularly informative or helpful. Probably can get as much with a good google searchPublished 15 months ago by David L. Cutler
Product just as described. Very happy! Found food jobs I didn't know existed. Helpful for recent grads or for those just wanting to start a food business.Published 20 months ago by Jessica L
I am a Food Science and Nutrition major. Trying to think where to go with my degree, this book is very helpful and give you a lot or useful tips!Published 20 months ago by M. Elena
The possibilities for career minded people in the food business are more diverse than perhaps any other profession. Read morePublished on November 30, 2013 by Matt L.
Good book for students in restauranter enviroment.. in PR my daughter used it as a reference for restaurant jobs applicantsPublished on October 31, 2013 by moraima
This is the most comprehensive book on todays culinary job market. Irena Chalmers presents many opportunities I never would have thought of.Published on March 30, 2013 by Ciaran