Maclean’s Highland Bakery pastry chef, Amy McBean, has been accepted into a prestigious course in Switzerland. Photo: Daniel Forsyth.

A young intern at an established local business has secured funding to attend a world-renowned baking school.

Maclean’s Highland Bakery pastry chef Amy McBean (22) will use her international scholarship to complete a week-long training course at Richemont in Lucerne, Switzerland on April 24, and promises to return with new skills and fresh ideas.

She said: “I’m so thrilled to win a place for the school – I’m also grateful to Maclean’s for giving me this opportunity and supporting me. I look forward to using the skills I learned in Lucerne on future products for our loyal customers.

Amy, one of two confectioners at Maclean’s, has been in training for six years.

She said, “I love seeing a product from start to finish and being creative with new products. When I decorate cakes, it’s like I’m in my own little world!

Only 14 students from across the UK have been chosen to attend the Richemont Bakery School, and Amy is the only Scottish one.

She started the process in 2019/20 but, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, her winning prize was given twice. She will finally be able to travel and enjoy it.

She explained: “Winning a place seems so long ago! I had to create a personal statement that included how I started cooking with my mom when I was little, baking and baking when I was in high school, doing my SVQ at Maclean’s . I had to include the skills I had acquired in each department and then what I wanted to do in the future. I also had to include a portfolio of images of the products I have made, including cakes, donuts, sugarpaste models, breads/buns, and pastries.

A few weeks after submitting her details, Amy was notified that she had been accepted for a phone interview.

She says: “They asked me questions about my role, why I want to go to Richemont, where I see myself in 10 years and how I will meet the needs of different people.

“A few weeks later, I received an e-mail saying that I had been accepted! I am still absolutely over the moon! »

Richemont Bakery School.
Richemont Bakery School.

Founded in 1945, Richemont is an international center of excellence for bakery-pastry trades. Its services include learning and continuing education, workshops for companies and groups, off-site sales workshops, publishing of books and educational materials, consultancy, as well as research and development.

Maclean’s Managing Director Lewis Maclean said: “We are so proud that Amy has been chosen to represent Scotland at Richemont.

“She’s such a hard and dedicated worker – she fully deserves this opportunity.”