Aspiring Food Writers
Posted 28 January 2003 - 10:19 PM
What do you tell aspiring food writers who want to do what you do?
I fell into writing about food. I liked to eat, knew how to cook, and could hammer out complete sentences and meet deadlines (most of the time). I knew an editor who needed copy.
I always feel at a loss when I get asked how to become a food writer. I usually tell the questioner to read, eat, and cook. But it sounds kind of lame.
Real Good Food
Posted 29 January 2003 - 09:00 AM
i often suggest the same thing, except that i also encourage people to travel. and if they want to write for a newspaper, i recommend they spend some time (at least a year or two) working in restaurant kitchens.
Posted 30 January 2003 - 03:46 PM
And hi Mr. Dixon,
I am a young food lover and an aspiring food writer. I have been writing, reading, and eating, and I plan to do some traveling after I graduate from college. I love to cook but have a disability (missing right arm) that makes it very difficult for me to get a job in restaurant kitchens or even as a waiter. One restaurant owner took one look at me and said that he only hired women even though the dining room was brimming with male busboys and waiters. Is there any way to get similar experience without working in a professional kitchen? Thanks.
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Posted 01 February 2003 - 01:27 AM
Posted 03 February 2003 - 12:52 PM
many chefs also have office assistants, who work close to the kitchen. that may be a way for you to get in the door, and if you do well and the chef likes your work, maybe he or she would help you transfer to the kitchen. also, if you get hired with a good chef, this can be a very interesting job, because it involves everything from menu planning to hiring to new restaurant projects. it's a great way to understand how the entire restaurant operates.