3 TOP JOBS IF YOU HAVE GOOD TASTE

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SOM­ME­LIER

Wine is a very par­tic­u­lar in­dus­try, in which even the slight­est chem­i­cal dif­fer­ence can change the flavour dra­mat­i­cally for wine con­nois­seurs. It opens up a ca­reer path per­fect for those who are pas­sion­ate and knowl­edge­able about wine. Som­me­liers rec­om­mend to din­ers in a restau­rant the per­fect wine to suit their tastes and match to their meal. There are few re­quire­ments for en­trylevel po­si­tions, ex­cept for a love for wine and some ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in a high-end restau­rant in roles such as waiter or bar at­ten­dant. Work­ers look­ing to ad­vance up the ranks can study through Som­me­liers Aus­tralia or the Court of Mas­ter Som­me­liers, with mas­ter som­me­lier the top ti­tle held by only 236 peo­ple world­wide.

STYLIST

Not ev­ery­one has the time to keep up-to­date with the lat­est fash­ion trends so they hire a stylist to help them se­lect their out­fits. Be­ing able to match clothes, ac­ces­sories and makeup styles to fit some­body’s unique face and body shape are the key abil­i­ties re­quired to do this role. It is a skill de­sired by small bou­tique fash­ion stores, larger de­part­ment stores or even shop­ping cen­tres such as West­field. The most de­sir­able trait to work in th­ese jobs is hav­ing past re­tail ex­pe­ri­ence, how­ever, smaller in­de­pen­dent agen­cies do stylist short cour­ses.

FOOD TECHNOLOGIST

Be­ing able to un­der­stand the science of what flavours go to­gether and what makes a food taste the way it does makes a food technologist a valu­able em­ployee at any culi­nary com­pany. Not all food prepa­ra­tion hap­pens in the kitchen, how­ever, and there is also a place for good taste in the lab. Be­hind most large-scale cui­sine com­pa­nies there is a re­search and de­vel­op­ment team work­ing to make food safe to eat and en­joy­able. To get a job in this field, job­seek­ers need ei­ther a Di­ploma of Food Sci­ences or Bach­e­lor of Food and Nu­tri­tion Science.

PAS­SION­ATE: As a Mas­ter Som­me­lier, Ben Hasko joins a very elite group in the wine busi­ness.

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