Matthew McMahon is a 30 year-old Shift Co-ordinator at Quality Bakers in Nelson. In the final stages of his Level 4 Plant Baking Apprenticeship, Matthew has been baking for three years.
After completing a BSc in Biological Sciences at Canterbury University, Matt came back to his home town of Nelson and took up a temporary job carrying out distribution for Goodman Fielder. That temporary job ended up lasting four years. In that time, he observed the baking production area and realised he had a keen interest. After a year away in Fiji with his wife, they returned to Nelson and he took up an apprenticeship with Goodman Fielder.
Matt’s degree has given him a deeper understanding of the processes and science behind baking, and a distinct advantage when trying to work out what is happening with products. He says it also makes writing technical reports and continuous improvement plans a lot easier. Matt is fascinated by bakery science, particularly the interaction of ingredients.
Involved in production scheduling and rostering for the bread and pastry lines, Matt loves the variety of the role. He has also learned a lot about managing staff, and says a gentle approach works really well with most people. He entered the Young Bread Baker of the Year 2018 Competition after talking with three good friends about it – they had all taken part in the past and saw the very real benefits.
Matt says his future plans involve staying right where he is, and taking up opportunities as they arise. In his spare time Matt is building a house and indulges in the odd bit of scuba diving.