How To Become A Professional Food Critic

Posted on Friday, 9th December 2022

It’s a job that, for many people, is something of a dream. If you have often thought about being a food critic, the good news is that there is a real possibility of getting into it. Even if you don’t currently have experience in it, you should find that you are able to become a professional food critic as long as you put your mind to it. Let’s take a look right now at what might be involved here and what kind of approach you might want to take. By the end you should have a strong idea of how to get into this line of work.

Develop Your Writing Skills

One of the most fundamental skills you will need to have to be a food critic is writing. You need a way with words if you are going to cogently and clearly communicate to people what makes food good, or bad, and why they should visit certain restaurants over others. There is a strong element of persuasive writing in this, so you should make sure to practice that in particular. On the whole, just ensure that you are developing your writing as best as you can. You’ll find that it really makes a huge difference.

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Travel & Eat

Next up, you need to start eating at different places – the more the merrier – to figure out what makes good food good. The more places you eat at, and the further you travel in doing so, the better, so grab a used car from Edmunds and just start driving yourself around, eating whatever you like along the way. At first you will need to pay your way, but over time, once you start making a career out of this, you’ll get to a place where your meals are being paid for you.

Learn About Cooking

You actually need to know about much more than just eating food if you want to be a food critic: you also need to know how to cook. Learning how to cook is tricky, however, and you might find that you struggle to actually do it right. It can take time and it can be quite a challenge, but that’s partly why it’s such an important experience to have for a food critic. The more closely you understand the experience of a professional cook, the better a critic you will be. It’s vital to have your own skills in the kitchen.

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Put Your Work Out There

Next, make sure that you are starting to get your work read by the people who need to read it. Start sending your pieces out to magazines and blogs, and see what kind of feedback you get from doing so. You might find that you can actually start publishing pieces quite fast, as long as the writing is good and you are making unique and interesting points. Then it’s just a matter of building on that until you have a fully-fledged career, which might take some time, but is well worth the work.

This is a collaborative post.

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