Spotlight on FdSc Bakery and Patisserie Technology student Sharn Byng

Ambition: New product developer

Lives: Leek

Age: 29

Sharn Byng working on her latest chocolate creation

Sharn Byng working on her latest chocolate creation

After working in the quality department of a food factory, Sharn was tempted by our new degree for bakery professionals and decided to change direction.

Despite previously specialising in dairy products, the mother-of-one is enjoying the chance to develop her artistic skills and is relishing learning about chocolate and surgarwork, a popular module in our professional bakery degree.

Sharn is no stranger to our food centre – she studied short, industry focused courses on food safety and food science with us as part of her previous job. She so enjoyed the experience that she returned on a full-time course as soon as opportunity arose.

She’s now well into her first year and is looking forward to work experience during her second year. After that she’s considering of topping up to a full BSc degree with a further year of study.

Putting the final touches to a cacao tree she made from chocolate with fellow student Sharnie Marsden, Sharn says: “This course will open so many doors for me, hopefully in the product development department of a major company. The whole course has been so interesting and I’ve done things in the food industry that I would never have considered before.”