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Edibles chefs normally make between US$50,000 to US$100,000 annually, depending on experience level and job requirements.

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As cannabis edibles continue to grow in popularity and more US states legalize recreational weed, the need for quality culinary cannabis professionals will grow as well.

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It’s safe to say the cannabis culinary palate has moved beyond brownies. In fact, the flavors and cuisine involving marijuana has become so exciting that several talented chefs have packed up their knives and left jobs at Michelin-starred restaurants to pursue a life in culinary cannabis.

According to CNBC, edibles chefs normally make between US$50,000 to US$100,000 annually, depending on experience level and job requirements. This salary range is similar to that of a restaurant chef.

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But unlike typical restaurants, which have faced a plethora of difficulties and red tape throughout COVID-19, the life of a cannabis chef seems to be infused with more opportunity every day.

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In 2021, the documented legal sale of edibles in the US continued to skyrocket, reaching almost US$3.6 billion. This growth is expected to continue. “Sales of food and beverages infused with cannabis are expected to increase to an estimated 8.24 billion US dollars by 2025,” per Statista.

The market has grown so much that even higher education has grown hip to the developing need for cannabis bosses in the workforce. The American Culinary Federation (ACF) now offers a certificate that culinary students can earn to make them proficient in cooking with cannabis.

The “Specialized Certificate of Culinary Cannabis and Edibles” was created to prove that the chef possesses the “proficiency on the skills, knowledge and competencies for safely handling culinary cannabis and edibles,” ACF reports.

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One of the biggest names in culinary cannabis right now is Andrea Drummer. This Los Angeles- based chef is making waves and headlines with the US’s first legal cannabis restaurant, Original Cannabis Cafe.

This popular West Hollywood eatery “represents the first of what many potential legal cannabis cafes and lounges around the country could look like,” according to Food & Wine.

There is also great “side hustle” potential for cannabis chefs who can grow into blossoming businesses. The cannabis culinary world is churning out everything from private dinners to cannabis cookbooks, and the masses seem to be biting.

Jessica Catalano is dubbed “the pioneer of strain-specific cannabis cuisine,” and Catalano’s website goes in detail about the “hemptarian diet” she created. Catalano has turned legalized recreational marijuana into her culinary playing field — testing new waters and becoming successful in navigating these new waters. She has even published a popular cookbook The Ganja Revolution: The Bible of Cannabis Cuisine.

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Chef Miguel Trinidad’s “99th Floor” is one example of a respected chef creating a lucrative side hustle by utilizing cannabis. The 99th floor is an exclusive private dinner club in New York City whose mission is “destigmatizing cannabis through the universal language of food.”

99th Floor’s Facebook page also hints at a line of edibles that should be available in dispensaries soon.

Now that New York has legalized recreational marijuana, chefs such as Trinidad, who have been working with edibles and growing a local reputation, will have a leg up on the competition in this highly lucrative market segment.

The life of a chef is never dull, and thanks to legalized marijuana, it has become increasingly exciting in many US states. As edibles continue to grow in popularity and more states legalize recreational weed, the need for quality culinary cannabis professionals will grow as well.

Perhaps it is time to dust off that chef’s coat and get in on the ground floor kitchen.

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