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Scholar's time at Cornell University and passion for food technology

Posted 25 May

“My enjoyment of food technology started in secondary school, where I participated in many cookery competitions, including when I gained first place at the Rotary Club of Faringdon & District Young Chef of the Year competition."

John Hulse and Nick Abell with Aimee Ash, Hannah Brown, Amy Stoner and Emily Morris

John Hulse and Nick Abell with Aimee Ash, Hannah Brown, Amy Stoner and Emily Morris

Harper Adams University student Amy Stoner has a love for food technology which stems from taking part in cookery competitions while at secondary school.

The 21-year-old BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition and Well Being student has recently been awarded a Clyde Higgs Scholarship to help with expenses relating to her Honours Research Project and to attend an international food conference.

Amy, from Faringdon, Oxfordshire, said: “My enjoyment of food technology started in secondary school, where I participated in many cookery competitions, including when I gained first place at the Rotary Club of Faringdon & District Young Chef of the Year competition.

“Due to my love of food technology and cooking, I decided to set-up my own business running children’s cookery parties for children aged five to 10 years old. This allowed me to become creative in developing and making a range of small treats for the children to take home.

“Undertaking food technology at GSCE and A-level confirmed for me that I wanted to pursue a career in the food industry and to study a degree in food.

“During my placement year at Harper Adams, I worked for six months at Marshfield Bakery, just outside Bath. I worked as an assistant food technologist and process technologist. I undertook specialist projects; trialling alternative ingredients and liaising with suppliers. I ensured all records were kept up-to-date and sent product off to labs and recording results

“For the second part of my placement year, my high academic performance allowed me the opportunity to study at Cornell University in the USA for six months.

“At the end of the semester at Cornell, I was awarded a ‘Spring 2017 Dean’s List Certificate’ for high academic achievement.

“Throughout my time at Cornell University, I took the opportunity to travel across the USA, Canada and South America, including; New York, Boston, Washington D.C., Florida, West Coast (California), Montana, Niagara Falls, Toronto, Montreal and Ecuador. My placement year was one of the best experiences of my life and one I feel was an invaluable experience.”

On receiving her Clyde Higgs Scholarship, Amy said: “The scholarship will help towards my final year research project with Dairy Crest looking into the 'Consumer perceptions of Galacto-Oligosaccharides (GOS) and the associated product applications'.

“As part of my research I’d like to travel down to the Dairy Crest site in Davidstow, Cornwall, to see how GOS is produced and manufactured. I feel this will further enhance my knowledge on the subject.

“I also need to trial a variety of products which GOS could be incorporated into and so the money will also go towards purchasing ingredients.

“Once I’ve finished my undergraduate degree, I’m going to undertake a master’s degree at Harper Adams. The remainder of the scholarship will go towards funding my fees and living costs.

“I’d like to thank the Elizabeth Creak Charitable Trust for offering me the Clyde Higgs Scholarship. Their kind generosity will help me enhance my dissertation with Dairy Crest and allow me to focus on my studies.”

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