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How to Be a Professional Food Tester

Sink your teeth into a career that fills your stomach and your bank account. Learn to get paid to test food.


  • Step 1: Test the properties of the food quantitatively. Testing could include testing the nutritional value, the pH compliance, or the salt content of the food. These tests may require the use of laboratory equipment, like spectrometers, microscopes, and autoclaves.
  • Step 2: Preserve your palate by eating only a few samples a day, and working for only a few hours each day. Avoid food binges to ensure you can continue being a quality food tester.
  • FACT: Human beings have approximately 10,000 taste buds.
  • Step 3: Decide whether you want to be an in-house tester working for a specific company, or if you want to be an outside contractor. Outside contractors are called in on jobs because in-house testers can become biased.
  • Step 4: Get your tongue examined by a food scientist and find out if you are a "supertaster." A supertaster has 2 to 4 times more taste buds on their tongue, and are usually picky eaters. However, supertasters can be too picky, and can detect differences that other people can't.
  • Step 5: Be a conscientious eater with a discerning palate. As a food tester, you have to be able to analyze differences in flavors, sweetness or bitterness, texture, color, and consistency.
  • TIP: Take courses at a culinary school. It's not required but is beneficial.
  • Step 6: Have a love for food. Being a professional food tester means you might get to eat and drink good food and beverages, but it might also mean you have to try food you don't like, the same food over and over again, or even dog food.

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