How to get a job in the food industry

Want to carve out a career as a food professional? We asked the top industry professionals for their advice, guidance and top tips for gaining experience and landing a job in the food world.

How to be a TV chef: Tom Kerridge

Tom Kerridge in the kitchen

Fancy cooking in front of a camera for a living? BBC talent Tom Kerridge tells us how he made it as a TV chef and why it’s important to be yourself on set…

Read our interview with Tom Kerridge

How to be a restaurant reviewer: Marina O'Loughlin

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Want to get paid to go to restaurants? Marina O'Loughlin lives this dream, travelling the world to find the best food on offer. Discover what it takes to break into the business of eating for a living...

Read our interview with Marina O'Loughlin

How to be a professional chef: Nathan Outlaw

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Keen to kick-start a career in the food industry? Michelin-starred chef Nathan Outlaw shares his experience of working in professional kitchens and gives his top tips for climbing the culinary ladder.

Read our interview with Nathan Outlaw

How to be a chocolatier: Paul A. Young

Paul A Young in front of shelves of chocolate boxes

Keen to turn your passion for chocolate into a career? Paul A. Young tells us how to get experience in the industry and what it's like to work with the sweet stuff everyday...

Read our interview with Paul A. Young

How to be a pâtissier: Eric Lanlard

Eric Lanlard in chef whites

Keen to turn your passion for pastry into a professional career? Pâtissier and celebrity chef Eric Lanlard shares the secrets to his success.

Read our interview with Eric Lanlard

How to be a baker: Justin Gellatly

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Fancy being paid to bake all day (or night) for a living? Bread Ahead's Justin Gellatly tells us what it's really like to work in a professional bakery...

Read our interview with Justin Gellatly

How to be a recipe writer: Cassie Best

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Bursting with recipe ideas and want to make a career out of it? Our senior food editor Cassie Best tells us what life is like as a recipe writer and shares her top tips for standing out from the crowd...

Read our interview with Cassie Best

How to be a food stylist: Jennifer Joyce

Jennifer Joyce eating noodles

Keen to to be the next glittering star in the styling world? From brushing turkeys with Marmite to adding allure to a stew, Jennifer Joyce shares her experience of working as a food stylist and gives her top tips for breaking into the industry...

Read our interview with Jennifer Joyce

How to be a food photographer: Stuart Ovenden

Headshot of Stuart Ovenden

Want to get work as a professional food photographer? Stuart Ovenden explains how to get started, talking everything from the value of first-hand experience to how much to invest in a camera...

Read our interview with Stuart Ovenden

Which food industry careers are you keen to learn more about? Let us know in the comments below...

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23rd Jan, 2019
Hi, it may not be strictly in your definition of food industry, but I want to know more about getting into jobs in food security or food sustainability, looking at the issue in the UK and globally, and wondered if you have any tips or could do a feature on that? I have over 8 years of experience in energy and climate change, and would like to move into working on food and climate change, given how big the need is to change our attitude towards food and food sustainability for the sake of the planet. I love food and have been a subscriber to the magazine for over 10 years, but coming from the energy sector I'm not sure where to start.
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