Career Opportunities in the Food and Beverage Industry

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Whether you're a student or a professional ready for a career change, you'll find in this invaluable book everything you need to know to start an exciting career or change the direction of your current career in the food and beverage industry.

The food and beverage industry offers rewarding careers for those interested in cooking and eating, farming, management, nutrition, sales, and writing. Whether you want to manage a vineyard, educate future chefs, or work in the dining room of a four-star restaurant, the industry has a wealth of unique opportunities. Career Opportunities in the Food and Beverage Industry profiles more than 80 jobs in the field, including


Restaurant Chef

Bakery Manager

Food Photographer


Cheese Maker

Beer Brewer

Restaurant Supply Buyer

Sports Nutritionist

Food Historian

Cooking Teacher

Recipe Tester

Throughout this helpful career guide, the reader will find a quick-reference Career Profile for each job summarizing its notable features, a Career Ladder illustrating frequent routes to and from the position described, and a comprehensive text pointing out special skills, education, training, and various associations relevant to each post. Appendixes include educational programs, professional associations, and relevant industry magazines and periodicals

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Editorial Reviews

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With more than 80 profiles of jobs in the field, this latest entry in the "Career Opportunities" series shares everything needed to start or change a career in the food and beverage industry. There are profiles of jobs ranging from bakery manager, caterer, cooking teacher, and farmer to recipe tester, restaurant supply buyer, sports nutritionist, and writer. Each profile is approximately two pages long and is nicely organized with information on the position description; salaries; employment prospects; advancement prospects; education and training; experience, skills, and personality traits; unions and associations; and tips for entry. Also featured is a "career ladder" that shows a typical career path with three growth opportunities. Each entry begins with a summary career profile that includes a description of duties for the job and quickly indicates if the career or position is a good match for the job seeker. Employment prospects are clearly indicated along with trends and opportunities such as ethnic restaurants, food carts, and eating food grown or produced close to home. Hill is a food and wine editor as well as the coauthor of a series of guidebooks on the wine regions of the West Coast. Her excitement about the industry sparkles on every page. In addition to the wealth of information that the author provides, the book also includes extensive appendixes of culinary schools and academies organized by state, wine and beer classes and schools, magazines and periodicals, books and articles, and websites. BOTTOM LINE Authoritative, well-organized, and accessible to a wide variety of readers including students and professionals, this is highly recommended.—Kathleen A. Welton, Chicago
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816076123
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Series: Career Opportunities Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Industry Outlook vii

Acknowledgments xiii

How to Use This Book xv

Catering, Fast Food, Delis, and Takeout

Caterer 2

Catering Cook 6

Corporate Caterer 9

Catering Operations Manager 12

Takeout Store Cook/Manager 15

Deli Prep/Cleanup Person 18

Food Cart Owner 21

Party Planner 23


Restaurant Chef 28

Sous-Chef 31

Chef de Partie 33

Restaurant Pastry Chef 35

Garde-Manger 38

Server 40

Sommelier 44

Dining Room Manager 48

Bakeries and Baking

Bakery Manager 52

Bakery Sales Manager 55

Bread Baker 58

Pastry Chef 61

Institutional Food

Catering Manager-Hotel, Casino, Convention, Center, and Cruise Ship 66

Executive Chef-Hotel, Casino, Country Club, Resort, University, and Hospital 69

Food and Beverage Manager-Hotel, Casino, Country Club, Resort, University, and Hospital 71

Corporate or Institutional Chef 74

Institutional Head Cook 77

Community and Social Service

Executive Director, Community Food Bank 80

Prepared Meals Program Manager 83

Restaurant Food Runners or Dispatchers 86


Farmer 90

Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) Manager 93

Farmers' Market Manager 96

School Garden Farmer or Director 98

Government Agricultural Adviser 100

Specialty Food Products

Cheese Maker 104

Sausage or Ham Producer 106

Condiments and Dressing Maker 109

Food and Flavor Chemist 112


Winemaker 116

Winery Cellar Master 119

Winery Chemist 121

Winery Publicist 123

Winery Sales Manager 125

Wine Club Director 127

Winery Tasting Room Manager 129

Vineyard Manager 131

Beer Brewer 133

Retail and Wholesale Foods and Groceries

Specialty Food Store Buyer/Manager 136

Supermarket Manager 139

Restaurant Supply Buyer 142

Restaurant Supply Salesperson 144

Cookware and Equipment

Cookware Store Buyer 148

Cookware Store Manager 151

Mail-Order Catalog Designer 153

Kitchen Designer 155

Culinary Tourism

Culinary Tourism and Agritourism Director 160

Farm Tour Manager 162

Publicity, Public Relations, and Marketing

Restaurant or Hotel Publicist/PR Director 166

Hotel or Resort Sales Manager 169

Destination Management Company Account Manager 171

Cooking Schools, Vocational Training, and Academies

Cooking School Director 174

Cooking Teacher 177

Cooking Teacher Assistant 180

Traveling Cooking Teacher 182

Food-Service Management Teacher 184

Vocational Culinary School Director 187

Apprentice Program Chef 190

Culinary Academy Instructor 192

Nutrition and Dietetics

Nutrition Counselor, University or School District 196

Dietitian, Retirement Residence 199

Food-Service-Company Dietitian 202

Hospital Clinical Dietitian 205

Sports Nutritionist 208

Culinary or Beverage Computer Services

Webmaster and Social Media Director, Culinary Business 212

Online Culinary Catalog Designer 215

Culinary Association Database Manager 218

Writing and Publishing

Cookbook Author 222

Cookbook Editor 225

Food Editor 228

Food Writer 231

Literary Agent 233

Food Historian 236

Food Photographer 239

Food Stylist 242

Recipe Developer 244

Recipe Tester 247


I Culinary Schools and Academies 252

II Wine and Beer Classes and Schools 274

III Culinary Organizations, Professional Societies, and Trade Associations 277

IV Magazines and Periodicals 284

Bibliography 292

Index 295

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