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A day in the life of Michael Keogh: Senior Development Chef

A typical day in the life of a development chef is hectic, but also extremely rewarding. No two days are ever the same and therefore  I look forward to each and every day.

We have a large and diverse customer base. So my main role is to help the team fulfil and hopefully surpass our customer's expectations from a chefing point of view. Whether it is through matching a product, following a given recipe, improving a current recipe or even just creating a recipe from just a title for a sauce, chutney or meal accompaniment. 

My role also encompasses seeing products through from the initial recipe created all the way to product launch in the factory, to help make sure that the products we produce really are the top standard.

As well as creating new recipes and products wherever possible, as a collective we also like to look at our own existing range and look to improve and expand.

Being a chef my life pretty much revolves around food. In my spare time I tend to read about and keep up to date with what is going on in the food industry. I also like to keep an eye on current food trends whilst out and about, even when eating a meal out with friends or family I am always looking, thinking and absorbing as much as I can, as to work in New Product Development you have to be forever proactive to maintain the cutting edge.