Originally from Basingstoke, Hampshire, Dave began his career in the food food industry 38 years ago after completing two years at college. He then moved to London and worked in a variety of hotels, restaurants and corporate hospitality establishments.
After 4 years in London, Dave’s next move was back to Basingstoke to run a restaurant. Alongside the restaurant business he also lectured part-time in catering and hotel management at Basingstoke College.
Keen to continue to broaden his industry experience, when Dave spotted an job advert in The Caterer for a New Product Development chef position at Ginsters in Cornwall, he was determined to take on the challenge. The interview progress was a challenging three stages and Dave excelled at all three, successfully securing the position. As a New Product Development chef, Dave spent 5 years developing new savoury pastry products for Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s and Tesco. This role proved varied and had lots of travel opportunities including delivering product and sales presentations to the respective supermarkets.
Remaining with Ginsters for a further few years, Dave moved into the main manufacturing site helping to develop and implement product quality systems for the manufacturing process.
Dave proceeded to set up Samworth Academy Centre in Cornwall. The centre delivers staff development programmes, including craft skills. After 11 years with Samworth, Dave was approached by Proper Cornish Ltd with a request to set up their New Product Development and training department. Proper Cornish, as the name suggests are a traditional hand made pasty producer – they hand crimp over 50,000 pasties per day! Dave mentioned, “during this time I don’t think there are many flavours or ingredients I did not put into a pasty!”
Dave continued to build on his New Product Development experience at Crantock Bakery and finally at Tamar Foods before taking up his new position at Reaseheath College.
With extensive industry experience, Dave is thrilled at the opportunity to work at Reaseheath commenting, “I hope my experience in the food industry can help inspire students to reach their potential as the next generation of bakers and patisserie experts”.
Thanks to Dave Read, our new Level 2 Bakery and Patisserie course manager for sharing his career story so far!