A dream job for those with a sweet tooth
Foodies can have their cake and eat it again and again if they are successful in securing a plum role created by an historic Aberdeen hotel.
The position at The Caledonian by Thistle does not come with a salary, but successful applicants who make it onto the afternoon tea taste-test panel will be rewarded with as much tea, sandwiches and cake as their stomachs will allow.
The city centre hotel, which just like afternoon tea dates back to Victorian times, is convening the panel of expert tasters this weekend as part of its efforts to revamp its menu. Guests have been making suggestions via social media on what should appear on cake stands for several weeks, and chefs will present the shortlisted options on Sunday
General manager Jane Bourque said there have been very varied suggestions for what should appear on the new menu. She added: “Some have been very traditional along the lines of egg and watercress sandwiches, while others have really pushed the boundaries with suggestions like strawberry and tequila jam.
“Our chefs have been listening very carefully and can’t wait for our taste panel to give them feedback after all the different cakes and sandwiches have been tested. We do have some openings left on the panel, and ideally we are looking for someone who has a discerning palate and not just a sweet tooth as they are going to be required to give feedback on both the cakes and the sandwiches.”
Anyone who would like to be considered for the afternoon tea taste panel should contact the hotel by e-mail – Neale.Farman@thistle.co.uk