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If you were a chef and a registered dietitian (nutritionist), what would you do for work?

Asked by LauratheRockStar (182points) February 2nd, 2011

So, I’m asking for a friend that has worked in kitchens since she was 15, went to culinary school for college, got accepted to a dietetic internship, and is now a registered dietitian. She has been working for a school district creating school menus, creating farm-to-school projects, involves culinary students in creating menus, and has done some amazing things to improve school nutrition. But her job has her tagged as an administrator and she is getting tired of the bureaucracy.

Are there any jobs out there for a foodie that knows how to cook and knows how to eat well?

Are there any graduate programs that could enhance these skills? Tufts, NYU?

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WestRiverrat's avatar

She should apply for one of the cruise lines. One of the members of our party, when we were cruising Alaska was preparing to go to culinary school. The let her fill some of the pastries when she toured the ship, and after she was done, instead of throwing the pastries out like they usually do, they offered her a job.

Kardamom's avatar

She could do a similar job, to what she’s been doing for the school at a hospital.

Or she could become a personal chef or she could work for (or open her own) company that helps people to create a week’s worth of meals that they then take home and either put in their fridge or freezer. Something similar to this one called Dinner Time Magic

Maybe she could contact some of the publishers of cookbook’s to see if there are jobs helping the authors to figure out and prepare all of the nutritional information for the books.

Start her own catering company that would be geared toward people who consider themselves to be foodies, rather than just people who need sandwiches brought to their Bar Mitvah or breast of chicken plates brought to their wedding.

sinscriven's avatar

Why not relocate to a new place and be balls out raping the school lunch system and putting fresh and healthy options out there like Ann Cooper is doing in California?

We NEED more people like that, kids are suffering from the greed of companies like Tyson and the like feeding them chicken nuggets every day.

gondwanalon's avatar

Hospitals need licensed dietitians. Patients with various diseases and weight issues require special and closely monitored diets. That seems like a very challenging and rewarding career.

jazmina88's avatar

private chef.

BarnacleBill's avatar

Do videos for on food and nuitrition. Work with childhood obesity programs at the state level. Work for a grocery to develop their carry-out items. Consulting work with health and fitness clubs. Work for a food processing company. Open a gourmet carryout place.

blueiiznh's avatar

my feeling is that those are both great careers, they are somewhat opposing.
One is telling and teaching people how to eat, and the other as a chef is trying to get people to eat off their menu.
I am sure they could find a special niche, but which is their passion. One of those sides has to win out as the chef side of things with a nutrition backing lends one to medical institutional area. That kind of goes againat the passions of a great chef.

The school thing seems perfect as there certainly has been a focus and need on school lunches.

Buttonstc's avatar

When musicians go on tour, many of the health conscious ones need a chef with exactly her type of background to cook and run the kitchen operations to feed the band and the crew.

I saw a documentary about a guy who did that for a living and had a blast. Never a dull moment, music, travel, fun coupled with lots of hard work.

There is a lot involved in a job like that since they’re constantly setting up in a new place every few days. Challenging work but definitely great if one is cut out for the adventure of that sort of thing.

More and more bands and musicians are coming to realize the importance of nutrition and proper diet to enable them to be in top form in spite of the rigours of touring.

Fast food crap runs just don’t cut it any more. Similar to elite athletes, they are increasingly coming to the realization that they must fuel their bodies with quality food which is nutritionally sound and delicious to boot.

If she has some favorite bands, perhaps sending them her resume might prove fruitful.

The other possibility might be working in the test kitchen of a major foodie magazine like Cooks Illustrated. They also have a TV show on PBS and look like they really love their jobs.

Sarah Moulton (who used to be on Food Network back when they used to hire real cooks instead of just having a lineup of one stupid contest after another) was also the executive chef for the test kitchens at Gourmet Magazine (before they devolved into a travel magazine with a few recipes thrown in).

And right after Culinary school graduation, she worked as a recipe tester for Julia Child.

There are all sorts of interesting jobs for someone with your friend’s training and experience.

Another possibility would be some type of recipe formation and testing for Cooking Light Magazine, which tends to offer more health conscious recipes than typical magazines.

MatChup's avatar

One thing I would suggest your friend to do is get into some kind of contest where she can compete and learn at the same time. I saw this “contest”: on TV the other day and the participants there weren’t professionals, but they were on a competition to learn and improve their cooking experience.
One thing is to cook in a relaxed environment at home, yet another is to cook while you are in a competition in TV.
Other competitions good for money like “this”: will offer you an incentive for participating.
These types of contests will expose your friend to other people, will provide her a tangible opportunity to earn extra cash and at the same time will allow her to learn new tricks.

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