An argricultural student from Leyland is one of only three across the country selected to join a 12 month farm to restuarant course run by fast food giants McDonalds.
Tom Barlow, 22, is taking part in the Progressive Young Farmer Training Programme which helps young people kick start their careers in farming and learn from some of the British farmers supplying the McDonald’s menu.
Like other candidates, Tom comes from a farming background and grew up on his family’s pedigree beef and dairy farm, before starting at Harper Adams University.
He is currently working on a beef farm in Somerset where he is being mentored by farmer Martin Burrough. By the end of the programme Tom will also have spent time working with food companies supplying McDonald’s including fries specialist McCain.
In the final stage of the programme, he will work in a restaurant, where he’ll have the chance to speak to customers about what they look for in the food they buy and to prepare ingredients he has seen grown, reared and harvested.
He said: “Having grown up on a farm I already have lots of practical farming experience. What really appealed to me about the training programme was the once in a lifetime opportunity to follow the entire supply chain of a famous brand like McDonald’s, from farm to restaurant.
“I’m really excited about visiting the food processing factories and restaurant to gain new knowledge as well as replenish my existing skills.”