In a nutshell: Designing food products, such as fizzy drinks and yoghurts, for food companies in New Zealand and Australia.
Why? "Working in the food industry means I can spend time cooking up delicious treats and strange new foods while constantly learning about scientific discoveries.
Avondale College, final year subjects: Chemistry, English, Food Technology, Geography, Statistics
AUT - Auckland University of Technology: Bachelor of Applied Sciences, majoring in Food Science
Food Technology, PE and Chemistry were my favourite subjects. In my job I use the Food Technology practices I learnt at school when working on sensory data (such as appearance, aroma and taste).
I love creating food and seeing what people think of it. I thrive in creative environments, with the food industry providing freedom and problem-solving challenges.
I received the AUT Significant Student Scholarship which paid most of my course fees.
During high school I worked as a chef in several restaurants, which helped me get an understanding of the food and legislative requirements of the New Zealand food industry.
We're constantly working on new projects, researching new ingredients and studying changing food trends. We're always after the next big thing in food, so creativity is always encouraged.
Everyone gets involved in project work, so although I'm the only food technologist in the laboratory there's always someone to bounce ideas off.
Invita is an Australasian-based company so I sometimes spend time at our Australian offices with overseas clients - it's great to see how the rest of the world views your innovative ideas. I would love to work overseas in the future.
There's no one-size-fits-all approach to products or jobs in the food industry. As long as you love working with food, have a thirst for knowledge and a bit of a thing for problem solving, you're sure to find a job that suits you.
After working in a laboratory and food-based environment, you could go on to work in product development, marketing, quality control, legislation and regulatory or the educational sector. Whatever interests you really.
Posted March 2014
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