Working at a fast-food restaurant or cafeteria may not sound attractive to career-minded folks, but cooking shows featuring celebrity chefs and bakers have sparked new interest in food service. Large operations like hotels, hospitals, airlines and cruise ships need people to fill various roles that work together to provide food to guests. In addition, grocery stores and retail dining establishments need food service workers.
Don't expect to sit around all day in any of these places. They're very demanding and offer career opportunities from entry-level to management. You may also consider becoming a personal chef or working in wholesale food distribution. If you're the entrepreneurial type, owning a restaurant will keep your blood pumping. Since food is a perishable good, time is of the essence when working in this industry.
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