Maybe a small excerpt of my story will help you:
I transitioned from a corner
I think it takes a very special person to create a startup, and often I find that too many ideas are often the fall of many other startups. I think you need to work on an idea that is like what you do already and then go from there.
For example, I enjoy being a financial advisor to small businesses; however, I found that there were not reasonably priced wealth technologies in my industry so I created FusionAdvisor.com. This company is still in the same industry as my current profession, but now offers others advisors a tool to help build their independent practice.
Now I am considering using this tool to help small business owners manage their net-worth or as a 401(k) participant add-on tool. The current features include tracking real estate, daily investments, asset allocation, and financial planning; Now, I am looking to add other features like bill pay, and life insurance policy review.
Anyways, my point is...I think if you need to get out of the box, then do it, but don`t do something that you have never done before because it is sold as a get rich, or MLM program. Maybe you have an idea to help other people who work in your position/industry or maybe you can work in your same position but outside the corporate cage; best of luck to you, and remember, “Necessity is the mother of invention”.
Many of the small business owners that I know that began their own businesses fit into two categories; they just have either a passion or hobby and made it a business or they were in the industry and wanted to see if they can do it better (and many do).
From what I gather, the food industry is not to be taken lightly, and unless you are buying a franchise, it may be a steep learning curve.
Many people believe their jobs not to be worthy enough to start a small business but your employer hired you and needs your services; there is at least some demand for what you currently do in your job.
The best advice I can give is to look at what we call a vertical, this is a type of business that is not the same but vertically aligns with what you are currently doing. For example, I am a financial advisor (investment and retirement plan advice) by trade, and a vertical could be offering tax service like tax preparation.
However, I may be the best person to answer your question in a way because a couple years a ago I had the idea for fusionadvisor.com; this firm is in the same industry as me but it was all technology. There was a bit of a learning curve, but I put together the best team I could find and the company will launch the first product this May. So, if you think if you research and do what you is needed to learn the trade; by then you learn two things, and ask yourself "do I really want to wake up this early" (bakers rise early, pardon the pun)? The two things are to find a mentor and begin learning it yourself or find the best hardly known baker and create a business partnership or/and find a baker franchise which will teach you.
Good Luck, Aaron