As part of our continued commitment to nurturing a new generation of young bakers, Dawn Foods has partnered with University College Birmingham (UCB) in appointing student ambassadors each year to work with us on seasonal recipe ideas, industry insights, bakery and patisserie tips and much more. The programme, which has been running now since 2017, allows young bakery students to gain valuable insight into the operation of a major bakery manufacturer, as well as partnering with Dawn on several campaigns and product launches. It's a successful initiative for both parties, and along with students' passion for knowledge and desire to experiment it keeps product ideas exciting and fresh. Meet our current student ambassadors below and see the great work they have been doing with us....
Kitty, a final year student on UCB’s Bakery and Patisserie Technology degree, has always enjoyed baking and is keen to learn more about the science of it as part of her degree course, with a view to working in NPD.
Experimenting with ingredients and new flavour combinations is her passion - recent successes include blackberry & lavender vegan macarons, and cucumber & mint choux buns.
Stephanie is inspired by her grandmother who was a skilled home baker, making wedding cakes and birthday cakes.
She is also a final year in the same degree course at University College Birmingham and has a particular interest in food marketing including social media. She loves nostalgic bakes and is striving to make the perfect macaron in the future.
Ellen, a final year student on UCB’s Bakery and Patisserie Technology degree, has an interest in gluten-free bakery, and is keen on pursuing a career in bakery NPD.
She has always loved baking with family members and has recently been working in a local care home kitchen, assisting the chef preparing food for the residents and baking yummy treats for them too!
Claire is also a final year student in the same course at UCB. She is a vegetarian and is interested in food intolerances and vegan bakery too.
Originally an art student, she has found that bakery is a great combination of art and science, and so chose to pursue this for her further education. Alongside her studies, she is currently working as an assistant pastry chef at a bakery in Birmingham to gain further experience in the industry.