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Calling Foodies: Cool Jobs You Didn’t Know Existed

Hey, foodies. Love the idea of a career in food, but don’t love the idea of spending every weekend night as a chef, restaurateur, or sommelier?

That’s OK—there’s actually another whole industry full of career options for the culinarily inclined: corporate catering. Think about it. Nearly every office in the world feeds their employees at some point. Google and Facebook even provide free lunch every day—after all, the best ideas happen over food. And while that takes a lot of chefs, it also takes a lot of menu planning, ingredient sourcing, and project management—jobs you may have never even considered.

And the industry is quickly changing, thanks to companies like ZeroCater, an early-stage San Francisco startup. ZeroCater’s plan: Make it simple for businesses to feed their employees by outsourcing catering, designing custom menus, and delivering food from the best local restaurants and chefs to corporate offices. With hundreds of clients—including eBay, Verizon, AOL, and—ZeroCater’s entry into corporate catering means that thousands of employees are now rejoicing that the days of catered rubber chicken and mayo-drenched sandwiches are over.

And that also means it’s now possible to work in corporate catering and work at small startup filled with energetic foodies all at the same time. Sound interesting? ZeroCater is actually currently looking for an account manager—someone who loves food and who will be responsible for curating food companies, planning menus, and working with customers. As CEO Arram Sabeti puts it, “account managers are the tastemakers who not only decide which restaurants should be sent to our customers, but which items from those restaurants.”

To all food lovers out there: Your career options are wider than you ever knew.

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For details on this position, check out ZeroCater's job listings

Photo courtesy of DC Central Kitchen.