My Food Job is The Grocer’s online series profiling young people aged under 30 in the UK food & drink industry. We want to shine a light on the fantastic talent coming through the ranks – and inspire others to consider a career in this exciting industry. Want to put yourself or a colleague forward? Please contact our digital & social assistant Charles Wright

Helena Busiakiewicz, BBC Good Food

My food & drink job: Helena Busiakiewicz, food content creator, BBC Good Food

Helena talks the glamour of Nigella Lawson, recipe testing for content creation and the lessons learned through hard restaurant work

Immy VFC

My food & drink job: Imogen Hibberd, social media manager, VFC

’As a vegan, I have always wanted my career to overlap with my morals and ethics, and ensure what I do with my career has a positive impact on our world’

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My food & drink job: Martha Jensen, brand manager, Rude Health

‘Breakfast is my favourite meal so when I saw the role at Rude Health, I was hooked’

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My food & drink job: Amy Armstrong, brand manager, Asahi

’As one of the brand managers on the Peroni team, my role is predominantly focused on projects related to recruiting a younger audience’

Abby Catmull

My food & drink job: Abby Catmull, product developer, Waitrose

‘I also love working for a company where I know we’re contributing to a happier world. I’m really proud that we are rated first for animal welfare and that our products support British farmers’

Zoe Watson

My food & drink job: Zoë Watson, junior brand manager, Noble Foods

‘My love of food and cooking from a young age sparked my first career dream of owning my own bakery’

Becca Accolade Wines

My food & drink job: Becca Hoggett, trade marketing manager, Accolade Wines

‘This role caught my eye as I knew I always wanted to move into fmcg, and the fact it was in wine gave it the edge for me’


My food & drink job: Micol Mottura, category & shopper intern, Peperami

‘I would encourage sending open applications to food and drink businesses that you find interesting, even if there are no current positions available’

Hollie Watson - Domino’s

My food & drink job: Hollie Watson, product development assistant manager, Domino’s Pizza

’I got offered my first food product development work experience through a lady I used to swim with! Work experience helps you get your foot in the door’

Daria Bashkatova, Senior Marketing Innovation Manager

My food & drink job: Daria Bashkatova, senior marketing innovation manager, This

’My family come from a real mixed bag of places including Russia, Kazakhstan and Israel, among others. While questions of faith, politics or geography were often at odds, food was always a common language’

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My food & drink job: Eloise Bristow, head of marketing, Moving Mountains

’Fmcg isn’t a glamorous industry. One day I could be flipping burgers at a festival, the next staring at spreadsheets’

Megan Stretton (landscape

My food & drink job: Megan Stretton, commercial leadership graduate trainee, Pilgrim’s UK

‘Interviews are a two-way process – not only is the company looking to see if you will fit in well, but you can also decide if the company meets your needs’


My food & drink job: Rosa Hernández, NPD manager, Bold Bean

‘As soon as I heard that there was a degree which combined food and science, I knew this was going to lead me to my dream job’


My food & drink job: Lucy Wilkins, commercial executive, Ginsters

A graduate scheme led Lucy to the career in food she always dreamt of

Dulcie Howman at NOMO

My food & drink job: Dulcie Howman, marketing assistant, Zertus

Dulcie is kicking off her marketing career by working with Nomo, a free-from chocolate brand


My food & drink job: Phoebe Williams, research scientist, Xampla

‘It’s really rewarding to understand why some products are so difficult to put on the market and to develop solutions to overcome those barriers’


My food & drink job: Grace Thompson, assistant brand manager, Squeaky Bean

Grace’s role sees her as ’guardian of the brand’ for plant-based challenger Squeaky Bean

Leo Taylor, CEO and co-founder of Yum Bug

My food & drink job: Leo Taylor, CEO, Yum Bug

’If you don’t know what you want to do within the food industry I’d suggest mapping out things you’ve enjoyed in the past and try to really get to the bottom of why you enjoyed them’

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My food & drink job: Jo Jo Anastasiou, food and drink tester, The Good Housekeeping Institute

‘A couple of years ago I hadn’t considered that food and drinks tester was a real job title and now it’s what I do!’

Madeleine Slade HUX Health

My food & drink job: Madeleine Slade, community manager, Hux Health

‘There’s so many different roles out there, some I never even considered would exist. It’s a really fun industry to be a part of, just be willing to get stuck in!’



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