ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF A FOOD CRITIC
Just like most other offbeat and uncommon career choices, the job profile of a food writer and food critic is also quite interesting and challenging at the same time.
Those of you who have a flair for writing and a taste for good food/restaurants can consider becoming a professional food critic (food writer/restaurant critic/food columnist).
The role of a food writer or restaurant reviewer is one of great responsibility.
This is because most people prefer to read restaurant reviews (especially of new eating joints) before deciding whether or not they want to go to that restaurant. Hence, a food critic must be true to his / her job.
FOOD WRITER AND FOOD CRITIC – JOB PROFILE
A food writer is a person who has a strong understanding, passion, and taste for good food combined with excellent writing and editing skills.
Most food writers and restaurant critics are required to taste the food at different restaurants/hotels and give their professional opinion about the taste, quality, etc., based on a systematic rating system.
Food writers and restaurant reviewers are generally hired by food magazines, daily or weekly newspapers, city guidebooks, review websites and even TV channels and radio programmes.
In addition, freelance food writers are also in great demand. They may be required to travel extensively and review a host of different restaurants – some large and well known while others are small and not so well known.
SKILLS IN FOOD CRITIQUING
- An understanding of the culinary business and food in general.
- Relevant training and experience in a culinary school, restaurant, food industry.
- Strong writing and editing skills.
- Ability to form an unbiased opinion about the taste and smell of the different food items, the ambience/decor of a restaurant and its service, presentation, etc.
- Skills in presenting your views and opinion in the form of interesting and informative articles and reviews.
- Knowledge of different varieties and palate of food.
- Offer constructive criticism.
- A passion for building a successful career in food writing.
TRAINING TO BECOME A FOOD CRITIC
Food blogs are a good place to start to get into the habit of food writing.
Other options include working on a freelance basis as well as seeking employment with magazines, newspapers, TV shows and review websites, etc.
If you are interested in a career in food writing and reviewing, you must polish your writing skills and even consider joining a creative writing course. Training in culinary sciences is also a good option.