Emily R. Halpern

Career Hungry Coaching


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Do you dream of turning your passion for food into a career? 

You, my fine, food-loving friend, are in very good company.

Cooking is your calling or maybe you want to save the planet by changing the way we eat. Maybe you've dreamed of opening a bakery since you were small or you want to teach others to cook healthy meals. Perhaps you long to be the next M.F.K. Fisher. Alice Waters and Michael Pollan are your idols. You've got cookbooks on your nightstand. 

You've known since the get-go that you wanted to work in food, so you jumped right in and followed your passion. Maybe you even got a food-studies or culinary degree, but now, you're not quite sure what you want to do with it.

Or maybe you opted for the stable "responsible" path and went in a different direction. But now, you sit in your cubicle, stealthily browsing recipes on Pinterest, wondering if you could actually start that food truck you've been dreaming of. 


Building a career in the food industry is a lot like cooking: 

If you're not clear on what you're trying to make, chances are you won't be satisfied with your results. 

Here's the thing:  contrary to popular belief, it isn't just enough to find your passion and go for it, especially in a field with as many different opportunities as food. You need to know all kinds of other stuff about who you are, what you're good at, what's important to you, what kind of life you want to lead, and how to put together all the puzzle pieces. 

That's where I can help: I'll work with you in a process that is personalized around your needs. I'll ask questions to help you establish your goals, uncover your values, and recognize your strengths, and I'll support you and hold you accountable along the way.

When our work is through, you'll have new found clarity, confidence, and a plan for moving forward. Not bad, huh?

I created Career Hungry for people like you:

  • Career Changers

  • Cooks & Bakers

  • Artisans & Educators

  • Culinary & Food Studies Grads

  • Freelancers & Entrepreneurs

  • Dietitians & Health Coaches

  • Photographers & Stylists

  • Policy Makers & Activists


Whatever your focus, if you long to do meaningful, food-focused work, Career Hungry will work for you.

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So how do you make it work?


You need a plan.


I help people like you find the way to turn their passion for food into fulfilling careers and meaningful businesses. As a coach who happens to have over a decade of experience in food, I created Career Hungry to provide you with the kind of guidance I wish I had had when I was starting out.

The good news is that your perfect food job is out there, and if it isn't, you can create it. But, without smart planning, following your passion for food can lead you down a bumpy road (I know, I've been there).

With sensible strategy and real-time support, I'll help you zero in on what you have to offer, determine what you’re aiming for, and bring your best to the table so you can create the career you’ve been craving.

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Go ahead, pull up a chair! 

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You, my fine, food-loving friend, are in very good company.

You want to turn your passion for food into a career that really matters to you, one that feeds your soul and makes a meaningful difference to other people.

But for all your enthusiasm, you just can’t seem to find that job that taps your potential, lights you up, and makes you want to hop out of bed in the morning and get to work.

In fact, trying to navigate your way through so many options in the food world feels a little bit intimidating, and it’s kind of been getting you down.

Boy, do I know where you’re coming from.

A lot of people feel called to work in food, but just because food is your passion, doesn’t mean that just any old food job will suit you.

And now that you’ve got that expensive food studies degree, or you’re working for that sustainable seafood non-profit, or you’re peeling onions for ten hours every day, you’re feeling a little lost. And you’re not quite sure where you’re headed. You’re starting to wonder if the problem is you.


I've been exactly where you are.


I followed my life-long love for food and “succeeded”. I trained at NYC’s top culinary school, cooked at Chez Panisse, wrote for Saveur and Food & Wine, and got two food-focused masters degrees. But for all my accomplishments, I wasn’t happy. 

I'll never forget spending my days off from Chez Panisse lying on my living room floor. 

After years of trying to find the right fit, I was frustrated and felt like a failure. It took me a long time and a ton of soul searching to chart the career path that worked for me. 

After training as a professional coach, I created Career Hungry to provide people like you with the kind of help I wish I had had when I was just starting out.

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Don't let following your passion leave you in the weeds.

 This is me in the weeds. Photo by  Sash Manev

This is me in the weeds. Photo by Sash Manev

I'm here to help you direct your passion into a fulfilling career. 

I see potential everywhere (that means in you, silly!), brainstorm like a boss, and believe there's real power in following your heart and dreaming big.

Through working with me, you'll uncover your values, discover your strengths, and establish clear goals for the career you’ve been craving. You'll overcome overwhelm and doubt, quiet self-destructive chatter, and get clear on where you're headed. You'll come away with the confidence and clarity you need to go after the food career of your dreams. 


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a partnership.

Think of me as your catalyst, cheerleader, and creative-collaborator.

The coaching relationship is personal, not transactional, which is why I am very careful about selecting my clients, and take on a limited number per quarter.

My approach is collaborative and holistic, and my goal is

It’s important to me that we are a good fit, so that, together, we can achieve the best outcome possible for you.

Likewise, you’ll want to feel like I get you, like you trust me, and like you have a concrete idea of how I can help.

A quickie Q and A call doesn’t provide that kind of info to either of us—only working together does.

When I receive your application, if I think we’d work well together, I’ll invite you to schedule a session, and we’ll hit the ground running. There is no fee for this session, and no obligation for you to commit to continuing to work with me.

Here’s how you get started:

To get a taste of how coaching with me works, your first step is to respond to the questions below. You can expect my response within 3 business days.

I look forward to hearing from you! 

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Let me know a bit about yourself and why you're interested in working with me. *

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Knowing you want to work in food can be both a blessing and a curse. While there is now ample opportunity that extends far beyond the kitchen, there is also no set path to follow, which can make the prospect of finding a good food job really daunting. As we continue to redefine a more sound food culture it's important to have shepherds that guide us. We're so thankful for Emily's services in helping folks navigate this growing landscape."

-Taylor Cocalis, Founder, GoodFoodJobs.com


“THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP! I just got a staff editor job offer! The salary is $10,000 more than what I asked for, plus all the health-401k benefits! I’ve been trying to get something like this for 5+ years. I’m sure the confidence I gained from our sessions and showed in the interviews. And I’ve been getting a lot more freelance work in the meantime too. Hustling, pitching more, and thinking outside the usual box. Maybe my cleaned-up resume that you edited helped too. You should know that your work is effective and changing my life for the better!”

-Amy Sowder, Food and Fitness Writer/Editor

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