The roles of a Food Scientist

Being a Teaching Fellow in Food Science, I get asked quite a lot of times from students during our Open Days about what are the possible professional careers of people studying Food Science. I do really enjoy answering to that question because I have a lot to say about it and sometimes I ask directly to students what do they think a Food Scientist is. … Continue reading The roles of a Food Scientist

How to: Critical Thinking

*Freebie checklist to download at the end of the blog post* Here you are, you have just started your semester and if you are scrolling down the pages of your assessment briefs, you are finding many mentions to the fact that you are supposed to demonstrate critical thinking skills. You are asked to critically assess a specific aspect of a topic. It might be difficult … Continue reading How to: Critical Thinking

Aquafaba and its potential as egg-replacer

In a world where many people are being aware of sustainability issues and are choosing to consume more plant-based proteins, it is the food scientist’s job to find novel strategies in order to look out for alternative plant proteins that can produce similar functionalities to the animal based ones. Let’s look at egg proteins, they are quite challenging to replace. Eggs are used thanks to … Continue reading Aquafaba and its potential as egg-replacer

How to prepare for a new academic year

*FREEBIE ALERT* Free week planner to download at the end of the article It is that time of the year again, a new semester is approaching and you need to get ready and start preparing for another fantastic round of learning, new friendships, challenges and victories.I normally consider September the moment when the real new year starts, the moment where you set your goals, you … Continue reading How to prepare for a new academic year

Three things we would eat if we were living on Mars

Elon Musk’s project of colonising Mars is no secret to anyone as well as his SpaceX company that has the focus and aim of bringing private citizens on the red planet starting from 2024. For humans to stay long term on Mars without relying entirely on supplies from Earth, an ISRU (In Situ Resource Utilisation) approach would be necessary. The main consumables needed to support … Continue reading Three things we would eat if we were living on Mars

Which Oils are best for frying?

There are many questions I am asked as a food scientist and among the many, ‘Can I use olive oil for frying? Is the most popular. I used to start lecturing on saturated fats, smoke points, mono-unsaturation, and poly-unsaturation. Then, I used to dive into the world of minor components, bioactive compounds, antioxidants, and so forth. There isn’t an answer that I can give that … Continue reading Which Oils are best for frying?