Brushing up for the future

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Ahead of its new £4 million bakery opening, employees of a leading handmade Cornish Pasty manufacturer in Bodmin have been brushing up on their traditional pastry skills.

Supported by European Social Fund Convergence, the bespoke technical pastry skills workshop was delivered to 17 Proper Cornish employees.

Developed by Duchy College Food Department, the workshop was supported by Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW).

L-R: Production manager, Kev Davis; MD Chris Pauling; new product development chef, Nick Stanyer
L-R: Production manager, Kev Davis; MD Chris Pauling; new product development chef, Nick Stanyer

Delivered by Mike Williams, a college associate and pastry expert, the focus of the training was to demystify the science behind pastry making. It also aimed to support employees to identify what happens when a pastry goes wrong and key controls to look out for during baking.

MD, Chris Pauling, said: “I look forward to seeing the team put the learning into practice in the workplace, in particular when the new bakery opens with the continued production of the quality products we have always made.

“Proper Cornish is committed to ongoing people development and is now looking at a whole programme of training to support continuous improvement initiatives early in 2015 to support the growth of the business.”