Turn Your WAHM Talents Into a Full-Time Business
I have yet to see the new movie that came out about Julia Child, “Julie and Julia” – but it’s on my list of top things to do.
I’ve posted here in the past that in hindsight, I should have gone to culinary school since the Culinary Institute of America used to be located almost in my backyard.
Cooking has always intrigued me, and those with specific talents can turn their passion into a catering work-at-home business and in turn expand their work-at-home business into a full-time restaurant business! Some of my favorite places to eat are locally owned, mom and pop restaurants.
Many believe that food preparation or cooking is an art. Restaurants and catering services anchor their success on the expertise and skills of their kitchen crew. As the cliche goes, “a man’s heart is through his stomach.” Restaurants and the food industry keep their customers loyal though unique and delectable recipes using both innovative and traditional ingredients.
The Culinary Arts have become an academic pursuit as well. Large food manufacturers look to culinary artists to create ready-to-eat, name brand food products that feature the same quality as those of homemade and restaurant-prepared food. Several culinary arts schools offer graduate studies in Hotel and Restaurant Management for students. Many schools here in New England offer such opportunities.
There’s also more traditional, classical institutions that cater to students who are employed in luxury hotels, cruise ships, resorts and restaurants or those employed as personal chefs to the rich and famous.
When we were visiting Hilton Head, many of the students of such schools were doing their Internships in the resorts down there for the summer.
Famed chefs open up their own schools to train protégés. A few culinary arts schools cater to hobbyists. The King Arthur Flour Company in Vermont is one that offers courses. Good schools provide intensive, hands-on training in everything as well as the real environment simulation to prepare their students well.
Culinary art’s courses quite frequently touch on cooking science or the standard ingredients that go into most food products, food decoration and preservation. The courses also segregate trainings into stocks, sauces, soups, meat, fish and poultry cookery, breads and pastries, etc. Several schools also offer courses on exotic and traditional cooking. Students are also trained on food service safety and sanitation, commercial kitchen parts, management and finance.
As it is with other specialized professions, culinary arts graduates may often have to start at the bottom when they do find a position. But extremely talented students need not wait too long to establish their own reputation and following.