Feast on This

A smorgasbord of ways to profit from your passion for food

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Americans spent more than $1.6 trillion on food last year. That translates into millions of opportunities for the people who grow, produce, prepare, and sell all that food.

According to the National Restaurant Association, industry sales are expected to reach a record $604 billion this year with the average chef/owner expecting to make $80,000 to $85,000. Executive chefs make slightly less on average, but those who are vaulted into the rarefied air of celebrity chefs can pull in seven or eight figures from television series, cookbook advances, appearances, and endorsements.

In food, even the trends are big business. Cupcakes are a $6 billion industry estimates Paula Spencer, author of Start a Cupcake Business Today. And a good food truck grosses $1,000 a day, according to Wafels and Dinges founder Thomas DeGeest.

The bottom line is this: There are as many ways for professionals and entrepreneurs with a passion for food to make a living doing what they love as there are variations of red velvet cake. With all that money–and good food–to be made, we wanted to highlight African Americans who are finding success in the industry–some as chefs and restaurateurs, but many in roles you may never have considered. So pull up a chair and dig in.

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  • Angel

    Ryan, it is so GREAT seeing your heart for God, and spnaedirg His truth whether it is at LBCCS or elsewhere. I’m sure that over the last two years at LBCCS that you have been a big encouragement to people, but I am also totally convinced that as you move on into what God has for you in the future, that you will continue to be a GREAT blessing and encouragement to those who cross your path.

  • Bthina

    Wow, I can’t even find the words to express how tochued I am. I absolutely love it! The story you created through these photographs and the composition in which you have presented them has tochued my heart and once again I have counted my blessings. Not only have I thanked God for the blessing of my family shown in these pictures but, also for my family that made these beautiful images possible. Thank you, T2 and Sarah. However, Sarah IS in the pictures which I think is very cool!!!!!!! We love you both!

  • Yulie

    Ma’m, I’m new in cooking benagli food for my husband & as im living in australia, mostly i call my mom back in Bangladesh for any kind of recipes,instructions. but as im a born hindu married to a christian (Foriegner who seems to love the bangladeshi cooking style!!), my mom cant help me out with beef recipes (Not that she knows i cook beef at home haha) anyway i was looking online for a beef liver bhuna recipe for the last 3 hours & only now I found ur blog & I have a feeling this will b very helpful! thank u so mch for blogging these wonderful recipes here & a special thanks to ur children who help u put these recipes on ur blog.Best wishes,R