Everyone is an expert, too - for who does not eat among us?
I'm not sure how people used to become food-writers. Maybe they just decided to do it then did it but today the opportunities to study "food-writing" are growing with the verdant strength of mint in a hot summer garden.
Even Stanford now offers an online course in food writing, which is not only listed on a Google search but is also advertised in the sponsored link section.
Could this be the wave of the future? Could the best food writing professors at major universities ultimately replace the football coaches in income-earning ability?
Admittedly, I'd like to see someone who talks of writing about food making several million dollars a year rather than someone who talks about how to throw balls while tackling each other - but that's just me.
Maybe if a dining competition were part of the program it could help. Teams of college students, all well versed in dining (dining, not eating) could fill the stadiums . . . the games scored by how knowledgeable and discriminatory they were in menu choices and table manners. Ah, what a lovely dream.
I bet it would improve food concessions and the general state of tailgating, too.