Graduate Storeys: Barista Training, Food Festivals And Mince Pie Macaroons

Time is flying by and I’m now three months into the nine-month programme. There’s been a lot of food sampling at two food files and lots of training courses.

My latte art is still a working practice. My barista training course this month really opened my eyes to the technicalities and precision involved in making that perfect cup of coffee. Jana and James our trainers were so enthusiastic and taught us everything from the coffee bean process to the art of making a good latte or cappuccino.

I feel more confident in knowing about the different type of roasted bean Robusta or Arabica and knowing each part of the coffee machine will certainly come in handy if I end up leading a barista team after graduation.

I’d heard BaxterStorey food festivals have quite a reputation for creativity, and what a highlight they have been. Each region hosts at a client location, and it’s an opportunity for suppliers and our development chefs to show off the latest seasonal produce and food concepts.

My first one was back in my home city of Cambridge and it was wonderful seeing some familiar faces from when I worked as a general assistant during the uni holidays. I bravely agreed to do an Instagram takeover on the BaxterStorey account to share the all the highlights with the rest of the business– it’s a lot harder than it looks!

The London food festival was all tinsel and mulled wine, as an avid lover of Christmas festivities I had no objection to pulling on a Christmas jumper with some of the other graduates to help.

From gorgeous mince pie flavoured macaroons, roasted lamb, to delicious Pantone, it was a unique opportunity to network with local suppliers and see the talent we have in the business. I loved seeing all the stalls showing the new food concepts being launched, not that I have any favourites, but Pac Mac from the Central region was especially delicious!

I’ve had so much support in the last three months, from each team I’ve been part of, from the sites I’ve worked at to those delivering the training sessions. I’ve also had and really valued the regular coffee catch ups with my accounts director, Ed Walker, and talent manager, Sharon Daniel.

At every turn there is someone to offer reassurance or advice, even those who have previously been on the graduate scheme. I have quickly realised how big the family spirit is within the company.

I’m so excited for the next part of the programme, which sees me moving onto my hospitality module, which will be a slightly more corporate environment to what I’ve experienced before. I have some more courses in HR and managing hygiene coming up, but I’m mostly looking forward to the Christmas party season and getting involved with the events. Another excuse to wear my Christmas jumper, right?!

Emma Huskie

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