​Far out Friday: Woman gets paid $10,000 a month… to eat

by Amy Rosenfeld07 Feb 2014
Broking business getting you down? Here’s a tasty idea for a career change.

Like to eat? Like earning money? Boy, do we have the ideal job for you.

Forget slaving away chasing leads and writing deals, you could earn a cool ten grand every month just by eating delicious food.

According to Reuters, a growing trend labelled “gastronomic voyeurism” is taking hold overseas – and some smart entrepreneurs are cashing in.

Park Seo-yeon, 34, used to work for a consulting firm in South Korea, but she left that job. Why? She’s earning more than $10,000 AUD per month to eat in front of a camera.

Going by the online handle “The Diva”, Seo-yeon sits down at a table of food and eats for up to three hours.

Her viewers chat with her and send her ‘virtual balloons’, which translate into cash.

Speaking with Reuters, Seo-yeon says the appeal comes from watching someone enjoy something you can’t have.

“People enjoy the vicarious pleasure with my online show when they can't eat that much, or don't want to eat food at night, or are on a diet,” she said.

With a third of the South Korea’s population expected to reside in single-person households within the next 15 years, the desire to have company while you eat is another reason for the popularity of gastronomic voyeurism, says 26-year-old fan Park Sun-Young.

“It feels as if I am eating that much food with her. I think that's what the show is about. And probably, it's comforting for people who eat alone.”


  • by Judy West 7/02/2014 9:07:45 AM

    I want HER job!

  • by Positive Broker 7/02/2014 9:30:19 AM

    Very strange. I wonder if people would pay to watch me write mortgages!