What is a Food Entrepreneur?
An Independent Restaurant Manager?
Food entrepreneurship is the new buzzword in the food industry, but what is the real definition of a food entrepreneur?
By definition, a food or culinary entrepreneur is simply someone who starts their own business in the food or culinary industry. It could be someone who creates the next meal kit for a specialty diet (for example, vegetarian keto meals), someone who purchases a food truck and launches their own small food business, or someone who opens their own catering company. Food entrepreneurs can address a challenge they see in the food system by combining food, business, and social entrepreneurship.
The term is so hard to classify because anyone who is doing something new with food and business falls under the umbrella of food entrepreneur. Any self employed restaurant manager would be considered a food entrepreneur.
The broad base can make it difficult for aspiring entrepreneurs to get started. People wonder whether their skills will translate - or what skills they need to have to bring their food business to life.
What Skills Does a Food Entrepreneur / Restaurant Manager Need?
Food entrepreneurs either need a solid in both culinary and business skills, or they need a partner that has the skill set they lack.
For instance, if you're a chef, you can launch your own food business but your chances of success increase if you either master business basics or partner with someone who has business savvy.
To bolster your odds of success with food entrepreneurship, learn skills including: