There are currently more opportunities than ever in the UK Food industry and around the world. Since Brexit, many culinary openings have emerged in the UK; at WhitePepper we are constantly approached by restaurants and Foodie business, looking for trained professionals.
It’s well worth bearing in mind that opportunities extend well beyond working in a ‘commercial kitchen’. Occupational areas include: Food Preneurship, TV production, teaching, working abroad, yachting, food writing, styling, TV production, hospitality management, smallholding/farming, food development and sustainability.
The Food industry is exciting, creative, people-oriented and dynamic, with tastes and foodie fashions evolving all the time. It’s also an industry which will never decline. As the famous quote goes, “First we eat, then we do everything else”, (M.F.K. Fisher).
So, what do you need to succeed?
- Recognised qualifications
In the past, the Hospitality industry suffered from a poor reputation, based on unprofessional management styles in some commercial kitchens and a lack of professional training. Thankfully many of these issues are in the past and the UK is one of the top locations in the world for culinary standards and professional training.
Employers more readily recognise the need for a healthy work/life balance, good pay, prospects and patterns of work. With increased training and confidence, food professionals are now able to feel valued financially and supported professionally. Did you know Head Chefs can command c.£50k pa?
- The right attributes
Let’s consider some of the qualities of those who are successful in the food industry.
- Creative and innovative
- Dynamic and hard working
- Organised and efficient
- Good communicators and team players
- A passion for food, ingredients and the seasons
- Good numeracy skills in order to adapt recipes and keep within food budgets
If you have these attributes, or want to develop them, you have an exciting culinary career ahead of you.
- A clear plan
In our experience, the key factor in achieving success in the Food industry is having a clear plan of what you want to achieve. We have seen many succeed by gaining the skills and experience they need to achieve their goals.
- The right support
Support can come in many forms, from financial support to career mentoring. At WhitePepper we know that connections in the industry are so important, whether that is the contacts you make while at the Academy, or building a great relationship with your Chef Tutors.
High level training is an investment both financially and in terms of your time. It is very concise though, when compared to other industries. The L4 Diploma is equivalent to an undergraduate qualification, but only takes four months to complete. It is therefore a tool to expediate success.
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