culinary careers outside the kitchen: restaurant consultant

At ICC, we prepare our students for success in the culinary industry. By arming students with the professional training and hands-on experience today’s employers are looking for, we give them the skills needed to follow their passions to the culinary career of their dreams—and that doesn’t always mean working inside the kitchen. Our grads pursue culinary careers in a wide range of fields, from food media and styling to product development, event production and management.

Career in Food Writing

If you’re passionate about food and love to write, then a career in food writing could be perfect for you. Food writers usually work for magazines, blogs and other publications, and specialize in writing about food and wine trends, personalities, restaurants and events in the culinary world. This can include writing reviews, articles, promotional materials, recipes, and virtually any other kind of content you can think of. When it comes to food writing, many employers are looking for more than just good writers; they want good writers who also have a solid understanding of culinary techniques and principles. Many students have come to ICC with the intention of becoming a food writer from the very start.

Career in Food Styling

Food stylists translate appetite into art; they specialize in styling food for editorial or advertising, whether it be magazine photo shoots, TV commercials, cookbooks or films. A professional culinary education is a strong base for a career in food styling, since it provides the skills needed to evaluate food traits and photogenic qualities for the camera. In fact, many successful food stylists actually start out in professional kitchens. Food stylists often work closely with chefs and editors, so a culinary education can be a real advantage.

Other Culinary Careers

Food writing and food styling are just some of the careers ICC grads pursue outside the kitchen. Our alumni work in a diverse range of fields, including:culinary careers outside the kitchen: cookbook author

  • Entrepreneurial food business
  • Cookbook author or editor
  • Product development
  • Nutrition
  • Food TV producer
  • Food magazine editor
  • Catering/event production
  • Corporate dining
  • Restaurant consultant
  • Food publicist
  • Food photographer
  • Sales & marketing
  • Food retailer

No matter which path you choose, a culinary education can help you thrive in your new career.


Choose Your Culinary Career at ICC

Whatever your passions, ICC’s expert training gives you the background and skills you need to forge your own path in the culinary industry. To learn more about culinary careers outside the kitchen,  just complete the form on this page to get more information.