To become a food writer

Discussion in 'General Culinary School Discussions' started by cakeandcookie, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. cakeandcookie

    cakeandcookie

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    I had thoughts about becoming a food writer for major magazines....would I need a traditional liberal arts 4 year degree, or is culinary school just fine enough? Or both?? I don't want to waste the thousands of dollars in a liberal arts college, if I could just spend it on a culinary school. Please help.
     
  2. chefedb

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    There are some food editors on heremaybe they can answer you.
     
  3. phatch

    phatch Moderator Staff Member

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    The market is in major upheaval. Circulation decreases every year and printing and post goes up. More and more will be digital. This complicates the market in many ways and simplifies it in others.

    Neither a cooking education nor a journalism degree will get you into the field alone. Most people stumble into the spot rather than seeking it out directly. In the modern world, the ones I see make the transition have usually started with a food blog of some sort. Build it up, get a following, get a book deal, and usually then you'll can finagle your way free-lance into the 'zines now and then and work towards a contract.

    The pay is not good.