Stephanie Horsley and Kitty Glencross in baker's whites

Source: Dawn Foods

Stephanie Horsley (left) and Kitty Glencross

Dawn Foods has appointed two new student ambassadors for 2023 as part of its ongoing partnership with University College Birmingham to support young people entering the baking industry.

The new student ambassadors are Kitty Glencross, a final-year student on UCB’s Bakery and Patisserie Technology degree, and Stephanie Horsley, also in her final year on the same course.

Both will be working with Dawn Foods’ application chef Robin Loud to create new recipes using Dawn’s products, as well as blogs and insights to be featured on the company’s website, trade press and social media platforms.

Glencross, a 22-year-old from Kent, says she has always enjoyed baking and was keen to learn more about the science of it as part of her degree course, with a view to working in NPD. Alongside her studies, she has been working part-time in a cake shop to get hands-on experience and volunteering in a community artisan bakery. Experimenting with ingredients and new flavour combinations is her passion – recent successes include blackberry & lavender vegan macarons and cucumber & mint choux buns.

Inspired by her grandmother who was a skilled home baker, making wedding cakes and birthday cakes, 25-year-old Horsley from Stafford has a particular interest in food marketing including social media. She loves nostalgic bakes and is striving to make the perfect macaron.

“Every year we are delighted with the standard of students who apply to become Dawn Foods’ Student Ambassadors,” said Jacqui Passmore, marketing manager UK and Ireland at Dawn Foods. “The students are not only skilled at practical bakery but also have their fingers on the pulse about what is going on in the wider bakery and culinary world – from formats to flavour combinations, and social media influencers to celebrity bakers.

“Dawn’s partnership with University College Birmingham is a great way to support the up-and-coming talent starting out in the bakery industry,” she added.