In a nutshell: I develop new food products, and review and create food safety regulations.
Why? "I love to share food with others so it is really exciting when my ideas become real products."
High school in China, final year subjects: Biology, Chemistry, English, Geography, Physics, Statistics
University of Otago: Foundation Course
Lincoln University: Bachelor of Science, majoring in Food Science
Earning: $35,000 starting salary
My favourite subject at university was Biochemistry. It's still useful now to identify the properties of ingredients and determine what will happen when we combine them.
My day-to-day work involves improving new product recipes and updating files with the latest legislation. To find the best, most cost effective product we test a variety of ingredients, because different quantities and ways of processing give different results.
While at uni I designed a new ice cream product that had less sugar than usual. I got people to perform a sensory test on ice cream made with different amounts of sugar and a sugar replacement. Many could not taste the difference and actually reckoned the ones with sugar replacement tasted better.
We increase the value of raw products, making processed food that can then be exported.
My job would suit someone who is patient and creative with a passion for food!
In the future I would like to work in a management role or have my own food company.
Posted August 2016
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