My Food Job is The Grocer’s new online series profiling young people aged 25 and under in the UK food & drink industry. We want to shine a light on the fantastic talent coming through the ranks – and inspire others to consider a career in this exciting industry. Want to put yourself or a colleague forward? Please contact managing editor Julia Glotz

My Food Job

Zoe Simons, development chef at Waitrose_web

My food & drink job: Zoe Simons, innovation development chef, Waitrose

Zoe says she was told at school she wouldn’t amount to much because she didn’t enjoy the academic subjects. It wasn’t until she went to catering school that she really found her feet.

Bob Giles at Lindum

My food & drink job: Bob Giles, business dev manager, Lindum

Working in food manufacturing is far more varied and interesting than many people realise, says Bob, who dreams of running his own specialist food company one day

Carla Mendoza_a graduate engineer at Mars

My food & drink job: Carla Mendoza, technical lead, Mars

Working in food means having the opportunity to influence how products are made that touch millions of lives, says Carla, who works as a technical lead at Mars

Tom Williams of Burtons Biscuits in front of a Maryland Cookies banner

My food & drink job: Tom Williams, procurement assistant, Burtons Biscuits Co

Want to work in food & drink? Start by taking an interest in the commodity markets, says Tom who works in procurement at Burtons Biscuits Company

Meg Forrest, process technologist at Farne Salmon

My food & drink job: Meg Forrest, technologist, Farne Salmon

A hands-on approach and a passion for food are key ingredients for a successful food career, says Meg

Isabel Hardisty, graduate engineer at Pladis

My food & drink job: Isabel Hardisty, graduate engineer, Pladis

There’s nothing as exciting as seeing a product you’ve worked on in supermarkets across the country, says Isabel

Steph Holton, specification technologist at Dalehead Foods

My food & drink job: Dalehead Foods spec technologist Steph Holton

A teacher who used to work in the food industry opened Steph’s eyes to the career opportunities in food & drink. Now she’s dreaming of running her own food business one day

Erin Connolly, Mackle Snacks

My food & drink job: Erin Connolly, NPD technician, Mackle Snacks

Many people think it’s quick and easy to get a product from concept to shelf. Not so, says Erin Connolly who works in the NPD department of Mackle Snacks - the process is much more involved than most realise

Annabelle May_Greenvale

My food & drink job: Greenvale technical graduate Annabelle May

Since entering the world of fresh produce, Annabelle has been pleasantly surprised by how varied the industry is. She even got to spend five months on sunny Jersey as part of a placement with The Jersey Royal Company

Alexis Poole_Spoon Guru

My food & drink job: Alexis Poole, nutrition manager, Spoon Guru

Alexis shares why she’s passionate about the foodtech industry - and why she believes it offers fantastic opportunities for young people looking to make a positive impact on people’s lives

Marisol Saona_brand manager at Tesco

My food & drink job: Marisol Saona, Tesco

Ambient brand manager Marisol reveals how she tackled some tough questions in her interview for the Tesco marketing graduate scheme - and why she’d love to launch an own-label Aji Amarillo one day

Freya Harrison_Belazu

My food & drink job: Freya Harrison, Belazu

Freya loves sharing her passion for food in her role at Belazu - and she dreams of combining it with her love of cycling one day

Jack Rogers_Mondelez

My food & drink job: Jack Rogers, Mondelez

As a chocolate technician at Bournville, Jack has a pretty sweet job. He explains how an apprenticeship got him where he is today - and why it’s frustrating so many people think working in food means serving burgers and chips

Sarah MacLellan, Cotswolds Distillery

My food & drink job: Sarah MacLellan, The Cotswolds Distillery

A woman working in whisky production? Unthinkable! When Sarah MacLellan tried to get a job on her home island of Islay, she found herself stonewalled. But she wasn’t going to allow anyone to put her off her dream career 

M&S food technologist Samuel Higginson

My food & drink job: Samuel Higginson, M&S

Samuel thought he wanted to be a pathologist. Then three days at a food science summer school changed everything and set him on a path towards a career at M&S

Max Head Lee, SourcedBox

My food & drink job: Max Head-Lee, SourcedBox

When YouTube sensations Marcus Butler and Niomi Smart approached Max to start a new food business, the opportunity was too good miss. He shares what life is like working for a food startup - and why social media is the key to reaching young consumers

Charley Nightingale_Tesco poultry technologist

My food & drink job: Charley Nightingale, Tesco

Charley was right at the frontline when the fipronil scandal hit. She talks about how she managed the situation, why she loves working in food - and how she got her dream job despite missing out on a place on the Tesco graduate scheme

Josh Strauss_OAL

My food & drink job: Josh Strauss, OAL

Josh supports food manufacturers with software that helps them avoid incorrect dates, packaging or promotional labels

Emma Nicholson, Nestle

My food & drink job: Emma Nicholson, Nestlé

Emma shares how she got onto the Nestlé graduate programme, what working in quality assurance is like - and why she loves eating for a living

Elle Ponsonby

My food & drink job: Elle Ponsonby, Rude Health

Elle Ponsonby of Rude Health explains why she chose a career in food, how she got her job - and what advice she’d give young people

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