How to Become a Food Critic


Food Critic

Your job would be to eat delicious meals and to tell people what you liked or didn't like about them. Food criticism may be a difficult profession to break into simply because it appeals to so many people. While there is no clear-cut degree path to follow to become a food critic, you may prepare yourself by getting an education in topics that may make you an excellent food taster and writer.

Culinary Arts Programs for Food Critics

Anyone serious about becoming a food critic should consider enrolling in a culinary arts program. Culinary arts programs may teach you about food preparation and wine pairings. They may be great places to develop your palate, and in order to describe food to your readers accurately and vividly, you may need to know the dishes intimately. The culinary world has a specialized vocabulary that every food critic may know, and culinary arts programs are great places to learn this vocabulary.

Good food critics not only be culinary experts, they are writers of crisp, lively prose. Even the most exciting meal may sound lifeless and uninviting when described by a poor writer. Luckily, writing, like cooking, is a skill that may be learned and honed with practice. If your writing is not as strong as you would like, you may take some creative writing courses to improve it.

There may be only a limited number of food critic positions available at newspapers and magazines. However, if you remain determined and work hard to make connections and polish your writing, there is no reason that you should not find yourself in one of those positions.

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