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4 Gigs to Launch a Career in Food Media

Break out of your home kitchen and into one of these top foodie jobs in the media market

By Jennifer Pullinger - January 4, 2010
Looking to land a job as a food magazine editor? Is being a Food Network producer your dream gig? Think your cookbook should be published by Clarkson Potter? All you have to do is look at the career trajectory of some of the titans of the food media industry -- Paula Deen, Sam Sifton, Clotilde Dusoulier, Sara Foster, and Tom Colicchio, to name a few -- to get a hint of the diverse paths you can take to a juicy food industry media career.

Paula Deen started out as "The Bag Lady," -- not literally, of course. It's the name of the bag lunch delivery and catering service that launched it all, leading to her famous restaurant in Savannah, The Lady & Sons. Cookbooks soon followed, then a handful of Food Network shows, an eponymous magazine, and a line of cookware, appliances, furniture, and other products. Next up: a possible daytime talk show. Deen is a veritable multimedia food empress.

From food copywriters and stylists to food bloggers and photographers, consider these behind-the-scenes gigs as the starting point to what you hope will be a burgeoning food media career....

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