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Careers in food

Student Journeys: Life after Tante Marie

  • Sarah Akhurst
  • Graduated 2010
  • Journalist

Coming from a background in journalism, Sarah made the decision in 2010 to turn a long held passion in to a career she would cherish and enrolled on to our Intensive Cordon Bleu Diploma. Her plan was to gain a practical grounding in professional cookery before using her new skills and qualification to launch herself back in to the niche area of food and drink journalism.

Sarah went on to head up one of two food teams at the content marketing agency Seven Publishing – whose clients include two of the largest food media brands, Sainsbury’s Magazine and Weight Watchers.

Sarah’s team was responsible for creating all of the food content in Weight Watchers’ monthly magazine and also for developing recipes for Sainsbury’s online content; including its recipe hub, Instagram and Facebook feeds and also for above the line advertising campaigns.

Sarah is now the Editor at Co-op Food, the Co-op’s instore magazine.

The Tante Marie Cordon Bleu Diploma

Our many years of experience in the hospitality industry has demonstrated to us the exciting opportunities available to ambitious, enthusiastic individuals and those with an entrepreneurial spirit. School leavers with a bit of drive can achieve professional qualifications that will allow them to reap the rewards of choosing one of the many career paths in the hospitality sector.

Many of our alumni have achieved successful and lucrative careers, ranging from internationally acclaimed Head Chefs and restaurateurs, such as Neil Rankin to professional food stylists and journalists.

Whichever direction school leavers want to take in food, Tante Marie provides a diverse and challenging environment in which students thrive. Students join our Cordon Bleu Diploma from age 16 years and no prior learning, experience or grades are required to enrol. This makes us, not only a great choice for those who have always dreamt of a career in food, but also for young people who may not be academically minded, but still wish to work hard for a professional qualification that will give them the skills and life experience they need to confidently enter the working world.

We always welcome contact from people who need honest advice or guidance about professional courses, qualifications and careers. Please call +44(0)1483 726957, email or drop in to the Academy and one of our team will be happy to help you.