SOME of Rachel Carroll’s fondest memories are of helping her grandmother baking.
And her continuing passion for food has earned her a scholarship at Harper Adams University in Shropshire where she studies Food and Consumer Studies.
The 21 year-old from Warwick was awarded the Harper Adams University Hospitality Scholarship which she plans to spend on extra courses to further her studies, joining the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) and use it to fund studying abroad in her placement year.
Rachel, who went to Kineton High School, said: “I’ve always had a love for food – from an early age, baking and cooking food has been a keen passion of mine and some of my earliest memories are of standing on a chair at the kitchen counter helping my granny make trifles and shortbread for the family.
“One of my favourite times of the year was Christmas as I knew this would involve lots of baking and eating!
“This passion grew as I did, and my interest in food developed as I begun to realise that food held more power than just to satisfy physical appetites.
“Food has profound meaning for humans, allowing people to express their culture, provide comfort and above all it has the power to bring people together.
“I hope in the future to work in the food industry sector, hopefully in the new product development area which will allow me to further my love of food.
“I also hope to be able to spend some time abroad, helping to create sustainable sources of food and give back to communities.”