So you know a lot about food, are aware of ingredients from around the world, have a great set of knives and forks and are ready to conquer the culinary world. But do you have what all culinary entrepreneurs have in common? Find out now!
Obvious? Yes. Worthless? No. Love for food may seem an obvious quality but is the single, most important factor that drives culinary entrepreneurs. They eat, breathe and sleep food. Their love for food manifests itself in the books they read, shows they watch and topics they discuss. Culinary entrepreneurs are passionate about food, cooking and cutlery.
Culinary entrepreneurs are creative. They have an innovative and ingenious vision of the culinary scene around them – a prolific restaurant/deli or food stall, an inspired dish, the discovery of new ingredients and recipes or creative use of familiar ingredients. The mind of a food entrepreneur is always looking for creative ways to explore the culinary realm for food is art for them.
Culinary entrepreneurs may be dreamy individuals with creative food-ideas, but this does not stop them from being extremely enduring and determined. They have what it takes to keep going under high pressure – to keep churning up good food or great services time after time, till they achieve a breakthrough. Their love for food keeps them going even in the face of low pay, less customers or high pressure.
Food entrepreneurs are flexible. They never let their culinary knowledge or creativity get in way of adapting their products and services to meet the changing needs of the customer. They know how to mix a drink, prepare a dessert or operate the dishwasher even if they are involved only in management work – no work is lowly or mundane for them.
Culinary entrepreneurs are team players. For them, there is no such thing as “one genius with several helps”. They bear no illusions of grandiosity, are open to suggestions and guide and coach the members of their start-up, like a mentor.
Culinary entrepreneurs are organized and organized beyond the general “mise en place”. They plan and use systems to ensure complete management of all process and systems – the ovens are hot, ingredients ready, menus up-to-date, services fast and food great. They are also organized in finances and other areas of the business.
They focus on details of not only the product or services of their culinary start-up but also other factors that affect its performance. Business networking, reviews, management and monitoring of online reputation – you name it and culinary entrepreneurs have their focused eye on it!
Without happy customers, their business is nothing. And that is why, culinary entrepreneurs keep their personal preferences, creativity and knowledge of good-food aside, to roll out services that are appreciated by the customer.
Culinary entrepreneurs work on their financial planning and business management skills to ensure their love for food turns into a profitable business.
Culinary entrepreneurs are well-versed with the culinary know-hows but never stop learning. Their desire for continuous improvement helps them update themselves and the business to the recent market trends.
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