Reaseheath College Feast café

Bakery students supply new café  

Reaseheath Food Centre and bakery students  are now supplying Feast Café with a range of delicious foodie products.

Based in the brand new National Centre for Horticulture, the Environment and Sustainable Technologies (CHEST), students and staff have been visiting Feast Café to sample the various products on sale including fresh bread, cakes, scones, chocolates, cheese and butter.

Reaseheath College Feast Café

Reaseheath College Feast café

Our first customer, Level 1 Sports student, Tyler Marshall, purchased a very tasty bag of cookies and was very impressed!

Tyler Marshall purchases the first Reaseheath Food Centre product from Feast Café

Tyler Marshall purchases the first Reaseheath Food Centre product from Feast Café


It’s been a successful first week for the Food Centre, so plans are to continue to supply to Feast Café on a regular basis.

Look out for emails and follow Reaseheath catering team on Twitter (@RHC_Kitchen) to keep updated on when products are on sale!

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Do you want to eat well for less?



Did you see Senior Dairy Technologist Derek Allen on BBC One’s new foodie programme, Eat Well For Less? 

Presenter Gregg Wallace joined Derek in our industry standard food halls to watch the process of yoghurt production and to discuss the ingredients which go into the family favourite.

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Senior Dairy Technologist Derek Allen accompanied by Gregg Wallace

Gregg went on to visit the Reaseheath Holstein dairy herd to see where our milk came from and also met some of out farm staff and students.

If you missed the episode, you can catch up on BBC iplayer here.


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A foodie playlist

Here’s playlist put together by BSc (Hons) Food Manufacturing with Operations Management  ‘top up’ student, Lee Taylor – with a bit of a foodie theme:

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Fisherman, The Congos

Cinnamon Girl, Neil Young 

Milkshake, Kelis

Incense and Peppermints, The Strawberry Alarm Clock

Creamcheese, Zion Train 

 Abbatoir Blues, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds

Baby Lemonade, Syd Barrett

Milkcow Calf Blues, Robert Johnson

Hong Kong Garden, Siouxsie & The Banshees 

Baked Jam Roll in Your Eye, Timebox

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Alan’s Psychedelic breakfast, Pink Floyd

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Why not have a go at creating your own foodie playlist?

Try picking songs with a a festive foodie flavour! Send your best compilations to and we’ll pick the best one to feature on the Food For Thought blog!

Lee Taylor

BSc (Hons) Food Manufacturing with Operations Management  


macmillan coffee morning

Macmillan coffee morning success!

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On Wednesday 24th September, the food department held a coffee morning in support of this year’s RAG (Raising and Giving) charity, Macmillan Cancer Support.

It proved a great success with the department raising over £250 for Macmillan.

The coffee morning would not have been possible without the support of our great students in the bakery and the support of staff members Andrea Hughes, Sam Copeland and Andy Dale, along with rest of the food team.

Thank you to everyone who gave generously and came for a coffee on the day – it was great to see students and staff from all over the campus!

Damien Murphy

Maintenance Engineering



The food department prepares for Reaseheath Family Festival 2014

1904119_502748099835545_1784432433_nPreparations are well under-way in the Food Department for this year’s Family Festival. The theme is Technology with commemorative reflections on the centenary of World War One.  Within the department we will be hosting a range of activities including a World War One inspired cook off competition, designed to find out who, within the College are aspiring chefs, capable of working under pressure and to a high standard of flavour delivery.  We will also be housing some war time recipes within the farm shop – available at very reasonable price points, with the added incentive of a ration book. Tea and Coffee and refreshments will be served throughout the day, we will be having tours of our facilities and children’s activities at regular intervals, as well as variety of food related demonstrations. Volunteers are most welcome to join us for what promises to be a fun filled day.

For for information about Reaseheath’s Family Festival, visit: 

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New staff welcomed to the food department

Helen Thorley: Laboratory Technician

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Helen took over the role of laboratory technician in March.  She has a wealth of lab experience, with a degree in applied and analytical chemistry and over 18 years working within the pharmaceutical industry,  in both quality control and development laboratories.

Helen lives locally in Stapeley with her partner and two young daughters.  Away from work, she enjoys spending time with her family.  She particularly enjoys walking and likes to get away to Snowdonia and the Lake District whenever possible.



Martin Anderson: Advanced Practitioner / Lecturer & Industrial Training Manager

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Martin joins us from Harper Adams University where he was Senior Lecturer in Meat Science and Food Science as well as Manager for the West Midlands Regional Food Academy. He will be lecturing in higher education food courses for three days a week and managing industrial training on employers premises for two days a week.
Having studied Chemistry at Bangor University, Martin went on to laboratory, technical and operations management roles within the red meat industry for 10 years. He then went on to head up the provision of vocational qualifications in food at Telford College of Arts and Technology. After completing postgraduate study in Meat Science and Environmental Management, Martin went on to teach; Quality Management, Food Safety, Animal Products Processing, Animal Welfare, HACCP and Introduction to Business to Harper Adams’s undergraduates, whilst developing and delivering a range of Food Business Management masters level courses for industry. In managing the Regional Food Academy Martin worked with over 400 small businesses assisting them in; starting up, regulatory compliance, quality systems implementation, shelf life determination and new product development.
Outside of work Martin enjoys rock climbing and mountaineering as well as trying to keep his vintage VW camper alive.



foodex exhibit

Reaseheath Food Centre further strengthened food industry links by having a stand at the 2014 NEC Foodex exhibition.  The Reaseheath stand formed part of the National Skills Academy showcase – providing a destination for anyone interested in industrial training.

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The event was held over 3 days (March 24th– 26th) and attracted thousands of visitors.  Foodex is renowned as the UK’s premier trade event for the food and drink processing, packaging and logistics industries.  It offers a one-stop shop for manufacturing professionals across the full industry spectrum including: bakery, beverage, dairy, fresh, ingredients, logistics, meat and seafood sectors.




Katherine Tunnicliffe

Business Development Manager


Welcome to Food For Thought

Thank you to those who have contributed to our brand new blog ‘Food for Thought’ please keep sending articles in!

Thank you and congratulations to Joe Husband, 2nd year Level 3 Food student, who came up with the winning name and got a £20 Amazon voucher for his idea.

This month our team of industrial trainers are busy delivering manual handling, food safety and dairy training programmes across the country.The Tetra Pak International Dairy Technology Course will be welcoming delegates from Canada, Belarus, Russia, Brazil, USA, Sweden and Germany.

We are also thrilled to report that the Schools’ Bake Off semi-final judging is kicking off across the region.15 participating schools will be visited by the Food Centre staff throughout March.