If you love to cook, have culinary skills, and a little ingenuity, there are lots of ways you can use your talents to bring in extra money on the side. “Side hustles” or part-time cooking gigs can open doors for you to ultimately launch the culinary career of your dreams. Here are some opportunities available to you in the culinary industry that don’t require you to quit your day job.
Sell Your Culinary Creations
There’s a whole “cottage food industry” where home chefs make and prepackage products (such as pies, and cookies) and sell them at farmer’s markets or other locations. You can also make custom items on request for people’s wedding or special events. Explore ways to market and sell your products – and who knows? Your business may take off!
Start a Pop-up Restaurant, Ghost Kitchen, or Food Truck
If you’ve always dreamed of starting a restaurant but aren’t ready for the financial or time commitment, a pop-up restaurant, ghost kitchen, or food truck may be the perfect solution. A pop-up restaurant is a temporary restaurant that operates out of various spaces – from other restaurants on their off days, to a bowling alley, to a food tent at an outdoor market. Ghost kitchens became popular during the pandemic – instead of opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant, you operate out of a commercial kitchen, sell online, and customers can come pick up their food or have it delivered. Food trucks also remain a fun and trendy way to sell your food whenever and wherever you want.
Provide Prepared Meals/Meal Prep Kits
Meal kits – where meals are prepped in advance and sold to consumers who either assemble and cook them or just reheat and eat – have become a huge trend in the culinary industry. Offering meal prep kits is a great choice for a side hustle because you can prep the meals on your schedule and sell as many as you want. A similar path is to get into catering or to cook meals for people at their homes for special occasions.
These are just some of the ways you can benefit from using your culinary skills. You can also start your own food blog, write a cookbook, and more!
A culinary or pastry certificate from Park City Culinary Institute can give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to turn your part-time gig or side hustle into a culinary career. Whether you’d like to get your Professional Certificate in the Culinary Arts, Cuisine Certificate, or Pastry & Baking Certificate to prepare you for a career or start a business, our programs are convenient to all of the Salt Lake City area and online. To learn more, visit our website, give us a call at 801-413-2800, or contact us today!