5 Culinary Careers You May Not Have Thought About

Unique culinary careers

Some people are interested in landing their first job as a cook, but there are other culinary careers to consider that you may not have thought about. From craft brewing to food law, there are a wide range of jobs available inside and outside of the kitchen.

Recipe Developer

As the food landscape grows more competitive, restaurants need to stay ahead of trends and have new recipes ready to go. Where do these recipes come from? They are generated by professional recipe developers that work on a full-time or part-time basis.

This job typically involves reading cookbooks, food blogs, and other recipe sources to determine trends, then putting their own creative spin on them.

Food delivery services like Blue Apron and HelloFresh work with chefs to create dozens of new recipes each week, and companies from Ben & Jerry’s to Burger King have staff devoted to dreaming up the next big thing to hit restaurants or store shelves.

Craft Brewer


There are more than 5,000 craft breweries in the U.S., and the number seems to be growing by the day. Large cities and small towns alike are eager to serve new brews to thirsty consumers looking for the next big thing.

A craft brewer or brewmaster oversees brewing operations and is responsible for developing new recipes. These positions typically require some brewing experience, but larger breweries offer opportunities to get your foot in the door.

Food Buyer

Much like companies and restaurants, grocery stores need to keep up with changing demands, too. Chains from Whole Foods to Safeway look to food buyers to evaluate what’s currently being offered in the store.  They seek out new products that make sense to add to shelves.

These positions sometimes have glamorous perks like traveling to trade shows or schmoozing food company reps. Beyond that, get ready for a lot of time on your feet walking around the store.

Farmers Market Manager


Farmers Markets are one of the reasons for grocery store competition. There are more than 8,000 markets in cities and towns across the U.S. The number is growing as demand for locally produced food increases.

While smaller markets are typically run by volunteers, larger operations have a manager. This person is responsible for bringing new farmers and maintaining relationships with existing ones.  They work with local government and help to promote the market to consumers.

Volunteering at a farmers market is also a great way to get your foot in the door to this career path.

Food Lawyer

Legal battles are a way of life for many industries, and the food business is no exception. From copyright infringement to food safety, there are cases being heard across the country that will determine the future of the food industry.

A good food attorney knows the law and the food regulations at the heart of the case. While it requires more advanced training, this is a great opportunity to fight for a cause you are passionate about. Help shape the food landscape for millions of Americans.