If you're infinitely interested in food, but would like to do something a bit more scientific than working in a restaurant, then perhaps being a research chef is the right job for you. Research chefs work in fully-equipped, state-of-the-art-kitchens to create and test foods for market-worthiness. When a chef or food entrepreneur has an idea for a new food product, he or she often sends it to a research chef for analysis and feedback. A research chef may also be given a concept or idea for a food, which must then be developed into an edible product.
Research chefs can work directly for food companies or serve as independent food research consultants. In addition to working directly with a food product, a food researcher may also be involved with such tasks as the naming, packaging or marketing of the product being tested [source: RCA].