Food Biz Academy

Turning your culinary talents into a business

If there was an upside to the pandemic, it’s the fact that many people found they have a hidden talent in the kitchen. Whether you discovered that you’re a world-class baker or a budding chef, your creations may have a market beyond your family and friends.

Getting your brilliant idea to market is what this academy is all about. Whether you want to bring in a little extra dough on the side or have all the ingredients you need to become the next Michelin Star restaurant, this academy is your recipe for success.


“Cooking requires confident guesswork and improvisation – experimentation and substitution, dealing with failure and uncertainty in a creative way.”

– Paul Theroux               

Cooking and business obviously have a lot in common. Paul could have just as easily been talking about starting and running a food business, whether it’s out of your home kitchen or on Main Street, U.S.A. Guesswork, improvisation, experimentation and substitution are all part of the process.

This academy will help you reduce the guesswork and experimentation and teach you the skills to improvise, substitute and create in ways you may have never thought possible.


We will also show you how to build your business with confidence so it is flexible, resilient and has the best chance of success in the marketplace.

Each knowledge track will take you through the process, from the state regulations for a cottage kitchen and venturing on to a street festival to more complex issues such as your business structure, marketing strategies, keeping your books in order and building an audience who can’t get enough of your products.

As you go through the lessons, feel free to jump around. While the course is designed to be pretty linear, you might already have a lot of experience in one or more areas. Also, you may want to visit our Entrepreneur Academy if you’re new to starting a business. You may also find The Startup Playbook a helpful resource as you guide your concept from idea to action.


There are a lot of ways to start a food business, from setting up a Cottage Food program in your home kitchen or selling at local events to setting up a pop-up or brick-and-mortar restaurant. These courses will walk you through each step and provide you with helpful insights and hacks to increase your chance of success.



Meet the staff who have put the Food Biz Academy together so that you have the best chance of creating a successful food business, from a Cottage Food operation run out of your home kitchen to a brick-and-mortar restaurant.