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Jane Milton the only Tea Sommelier in the UK

 

Having been asked by a number of clients to help them make choices about , teas they could add to their foods to add specific flavours or give a certain benefit to the food, opportunities for making products with tea, helping businesses who blend or produce tea establish themsleves in the UK market or about the opportunities to use tea as an alternative to sugary drinks or alcohol, it became clear to Jane that she needed to know a lot more about tea, the industry, the processes, types fo tea, blending, packaging, and using teas.

Jane attended the Dilmah School of Tea ( link to this) in Sri Lanka in 2014 and learned a huge amount from Dilmah about tea types, processes, the regions where it grows, the skills of the people who prepare tea, pairing tea with food and making alcoholic and non-alcoholic….not to mention all the amazing tea people she met through that process.

Spurred on by this, Jane was advised that should she want to learn more, the Tea Association of Canada Certified Tea Sommelier, was one of the best courses she could undertake.

Jane enrolled and spent just over 2 years learning more about tea types, regions, growing, processing, making teas, tasting teas, tea and health and a lot more. After each module she was examined, and then her final exam consisted of an oral with the President of the Tea Association of Canada, which was on the History and Mythology of Tea, a written exam and a blind cupping. This March Jane qualified at a Certified TAC Tea Sommelier, the first UK resident to qualify.

From the beginning of the course she has been putting her knowledge to great use helping tea businesses, cake and ice cream producers, and more recently taking to businesses about tea and health and the benefits of tea for wellbeing.

How could Jane apply her tea knowledge to help your business ?

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Let Me introduce You to Giles Christopher ,Food, Drink & Hospitality Photographer
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Let me Introduce You to Giles Christopher, the food, drink and hospitality photographer

 

Giles and I met many years ago through his wife and business partner Abi, and since then we have all worked on a lot of jobs together and have spent a lot of time together socially chatting about business and life.

 

He got some great advice from his Dad about offering to do things nobody else likes to do at work and making himself a valuable team member and sound found he had multiple job offers …

 

He’s run his own business for over 20 years and we talk about how basic business skills should be part of the curriculum for everyone nowadays

 

He shares about the prep that goes into shoots and how technology has changed the job so much and how much time photographers now spend in post production too. And about the sheer weight of kit that he takes to ‘location’ shoots too.

 

Giles loves tech and is always pushing himself to learn new ways of doing things , or master new equipment and he also talks about keeping up with and ahead of that if you can

 

A really interesting insight into all that food and drink photography involves, and some great tips for podcasts and business blogs to watch out for too.

 

I’m really pleased we managed to book Giles for a chat in this last episode of series 3…

 

Let me introduce you to Giles Christopher


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