Local food industry leaders inspire budding Foodies

March saw further great examples of collaboration between Central Coast food Industry and local schools.

Ian ‘Herbie’ Hemphill, owner of Herbie’s Spices based at Charmhaven, joined Year 12 Food Technology students at St Joseph’s Catholic College, East Gosford for a wide-ranging discussion drawing on Ian’s passion for food and 50 years of food industry experience. Students were curious about areas of food industry research and development, quality assurance practices, sustainability initiatives, gender equity within the manufacturing sector and career opportunities offered by the food production sector on the Central Coast.

Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD), Eliza Baird from Sanitarium’s Nutrition Insights team participated in her second workshop with local students, this time with Year 12 Food Technology students from St Edwards College, Gosford. Eliza shared insights and answered questions from students keen for an industry insider’s perspective on the product development process, nutritional profiles of pantry-favourite products and what it’s like to work in the food industry.

Anyone from local schools or industry keen to learn more or participate in similar sessions, should reach out to Jillian William, Senior Project Officer, Regional Industry Education Partnerships, Training Services NSW via







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