Celebrating 10 years of Creating Thermal Process Flavours

This year marks the 10th anniversary of a unique reaction flavours course held in the UK. Creating Thermal Process Flavours, run by food industry training specialist, Verner Wheelock, is the only course of its kind and attracts delegates from around the globe.

Specialist flavour course

The annual 5-day laboratory-based course is aimed at graduates working in NPD and flavour technology in the food, seasonings and flavour industries.  It’s also ideal for flavourists looking to get back to basics and explore their creativity. It is tutored by internationally-recognised flavour consultants Dr David Baines and Richard Seal whose clients and experience read like a Who’s Who of the food industry.

Dr David Baines
Dr David Baines

“The course is designed to provide delegates with the theory and practice behind the development and production of process flavours. This means they can return to their companies with the knowledge and confidence to create their own reaction flavours.” Said Dr Baines.

“For example, on the last course we showed 52 model reactions in the first two days. These demonstrated the use of ingredients, process conditions and the application of enzymes in developing authentic raw materials for use in process reactions.”

Verner Wheelock’s Managing Director, Alison Wheelock, said “It’s wonderful that this course is still as popular as ever. Since the course began in 2007 we’ve welcomed delegates from as far afield as Argentina, Brazil, Singapore and India, as well as from Europe.

Why the course is so popular with flavourists

Alison Wheelock
Managing Director, Alison Wheelock

I think there are three main reasons for the popularity of Creating Thermal Process Flavours. Firstly there’s no other course like it with a main focus on savoury reaction flavours. It also now incorporates sweet brown flavours such as chocolate caramel and malt.

Secondly, an undoubted pull is the course tutors.  David and Richard are experts in their field and this course is the perfect blend of specialist lectures and hands-on practical sessions.

Finally there’s the social element. We’re based in Skipton, in the Yorkshire Dales and we like to offer our delegates some of our famous Yorkshire hospitality. Everyone stays in the same hotel and we provide activities in the evenings. By the end of the course, as well as having benefited from the expertise of Richard and David, they’ve been able to share knowledge, ideas and creativity between themselves – and made some firm friends as well.”

There are still some places available on the next Creating Thermal Process Flavours course which runs from 23rd – 27th October 2017. For more information, please visit www.vwa.co.uk or email claire.lennon@vwa.co.uk

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