Students urged to consider food career

On the day millions receive their A-level results, young people are being urged to consider a career in artisan food production.

Nottinghamshire’s School of Artisan Food in Welbeck says that as public demand grows for locally sourced food, there is a shortage in the number of trained artisan producers.

“Customers are becoming a lot more interested in how their food is produced and where the ingredients are sourced,” said the School’s director Joe Piliero. “We’d urge young people to consider this as a career choice, especially if they are passionate about food.”

The call was backed by baker Martina Mitchell, who completed The School of Artisan Food’s 10-month Advanced Diploma and is now co-owner of Seven Hills Bakery, an artisan bread shop in Sheffield. “Any young person with an interest in food should seriously consider a career in artisan food production,” said Martina. “It’s certainly a growing market and whilst there is no job guarantee at the end there are plenty of opportunities for those with the drive and enthusiasm to pursue an artisan career.”

The author:

Leicestershire editor Tim lives in Leicester has been a journalist for 30 years, and over the last 12 years he has been restaurant critic for Metro, Great Food Club and the Leicester Mercury. He is also author of 2016 publication The Leicestershire and Rutland Cookbook.