A former chef who had so many unanswered questions about the nature of food that he became a food scientist has won top prize in the Society of Food Hygiene and Technology (SOFHT) Student Awards with his dissertation on managing food safety threat Campylobacter.
Daniel Walker entered the awards, designed to encourage young people into a career in food manufacturing and technology just as he was completing his degree in Food Science with Industrial Training at The University of Reading. Daniel is now on a 2-year technical management trainee programme with ABP Beef, the UK’s largest beef processor, and a division of ABP Food Group.
His enthusiasm and dedication to go the extra mile on top of his studies impressed the panel of industry judges which included SOFHT Student Award sponsors Diversey Sealed Air and Tesco. The judges commented that Daniel’s dissertation was ‘well written, comprehensive and showed that he had carried out considerable research’.
On winning the first ever SOFHT Student Award, Daniel said:
“It is fantastic to win. I put a lot of effort into researching and writing this piece of work – editing it was the biggest challenge. I could have written 10,000 words covering the entire subject with all the reading I had undertaken.”
His prize was £250 cash, membership of SOFHT and £400 worth of vouchers from Campden BRI to spend on technical resources, which will be extremely useful in his first role in the food industry working for ABP Beef.
Second prize went to Lucie Humphries, Manchester Metropolitan University and third prize to Georgia Townend at Harper Adams University.
Daniel will be officially presented with his award at the SOFHT Annual Luncheon on November 28th