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Turn your cooking passion into profits by starting a cooking business at home

1st April 2019

Do you enjoy cooking for others? Does everyone talk about how good your cooking is? Start a cooking business from your home in Abu Dhabi.

Overview of starting a small cooking business at home

While there is no guaranteed recipe for starting a successful cooking business from home, with basic culinary skills, a can-do attitude, passion and sheer determination you can go a long way. Cooking businesses can be run from home, full or part-time, and earn up to AED260,000 per year if not more. How does that sound?

Start small by offering your neighbours and friends your homemade products. You’ll be amazed how quickly your name gets out within your local community in Abu Dhabi as a home baker or meals provider. Delicious home cooked food creates a good reputation. Once you have the confidence, look to cook for small events that you can manage on your own or with a couple of helpers to see if a catering business is really something you want to pursue.

Start up costs for a cooking at home business

Is it the cost of getting a license which is holding you back? You may be surprised to know that you can now get a license in Abu Dhabi that allows you to cook from home without the cost of setting up a kitchen or restaurant. It’s probably more affordable than you think. Why take the risk of running a food side hustle from home under the radar when you could do it legally, very quickly and cost effectively.

Want to know more?

Gateway Group has a specialist Food & Beverage division which can help you with any aspect of setting up and running a catering business. We assist clients with getting licensed, menu engineering, kitchen design, operational assessment, operations management, staff and service development to run a streamlined, cost-effective business. Our Food & Beverage lead has over 25 years industry experience of which 15 have been in the UAE. We can help you to develop a thriving food and beverage business in Abu Dhabi, email us:

Written by Nathan Hunt, Senior Managing Partner
Gateway Group of Companies, Abu Dhabi & Dubai UAE


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