Careers: Tips on Becoming a Food Writer

You want to be a writer, not just any writer – a food writer. It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting straight out of school, or you want to follow your passion and change your lifestyle. There are many benefits to becoming a food writer, but they won’t come overnight with one blog post, article or review. Becoming a known writer takes a lot of time and hard work. Here are a few tips that will help you get started in following your passion.

Know the Business from the Ground Up
If you’re going to write about food or restaurants you obviously need to know and understand what you’re going to write about. Cooking school is fine, but to get the real story, you have to get your hands dirty.  Get a job in virtually every part of the restaurant and work your way up. Then you’ll be writing from a first hand experience and will be able to engage your audience better.

Get the Most Experience Everywhere
Don’t get stuck in a “box.” Experience all facets of your job in both the cooking world and the writing world. Take photography, learn to edit HTML, video, even take business classes. The more you know, the more opportunities you could have.

Exercise Your Palette
The trick here is to taste as much food as possible. Expand your food knowledge and experiment with different types of cuisine.  The more eat, the more knowledge and experience you’ll have. It will be easier to write about various food experiences.

Create a Blog
A blog is a great to practice writing. Write about the various culinary experiences. If you’re cooking, eating or working, write about it.  This will give you good practice and possibly get you recognized as a writer.

Find a Niche
There are many fields you could enter in, pick one that you are passionate about and concentrate on it. Learn everything you can and become an expert.

It’s a lot of work to start your own writing business, with these tips will hopefully help you follow your passion and become a culinary writer.

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