Name: Hannah Deeks
Artisanal Baking (Advanced Diploma)
School of Artisan Food, North Nottinghamshire Graduated with Distinction (2014)
First Job: Confectionary Baker - Tom’s Cakes, Cambridgeshire
Did you go straight into work after studies?
Yep, it only took about two weeks to find a job - I'd had placements during the course which proved helpful as my now-boss used to work for one of my placement managers and [they] still have a great relationship.
How did you go about looking for work?
Mainly online, I think it was either reed.com or a bakery forum; I can’t remember which, annoyingly.
What do you love most about your job?
I love the freedom that I’ve been given to develop new products – and then the gratification you get when someone tries it for the first time and their face just lights up.
What career plans do you have for the future?
I want to open my own bakery/micro-bakery probably as a not-for-profit. With the idea that the money we make goes towards educating women in third world countries – if that’s still the pc term.
Which baked good do you think best represents you as a person and why?
A lemon meringue pie because it’s sharp, a little bit tart and yet still super smooth.
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