26 March 2021, 09:00 AM
  • We chat with the founder of savoury snack specialist The Savourists about the best and worst parts of the job
5 minutes with Harry Turpin, The Savourists

What would you be doing if you weren’t in the food industry?
I am a big fan of musical theatre and I actually studied it at uni. I would have loved to be on the stage singing my heart out but alas, the food industry has me now!

What was your first job?
I was a waiter in a department store, mainly serving sandwiches in the customer café. It allowed me to save some money to travel America for a few weeks.

What inspires you?
Very cheesy answer, but other food and drink founders that are two or three years ahead of The Savourists. It’s electrifying watching the growth, and walking closely behind makes me excited for the future.

What’s the worst job you’ve done?
When I was young, I spent a couple of months over the summer packing pallets of towels onto lorries. To now have lorry loads of The Savourists bars going out is a pretty surreal moment in life.

What’s your favourite part of the job?
I thrive off having lots of plates spinning at once. Watching the team grow and individuals step up and grow within themselves is incredibly rewarding and fulfilling.

And your least favourite?
Cash flow forecasts!

How about the food industry?
The continual innovation is fascinating. It’s fast paced and exciting, and the positivity within the industry is second to none. It’s difficult to find someone in a small food and drink business that hates their job.

Tea or coffee?
Oat milk cappuccino is the only way to start the day!

What would be your last supper?
Spaghetti Bolognese, garlic bread and a bottle of red wine (cooked by my fiancé).

What’s your motto?
You miss 100% of the opportunities you don’t take (I’ve plagiarised that, but it’s so true).

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Battered Mars bar. After I had eaten it, I wasn’t sure whether I was going to be sick or had fallen in love.

What’s your favourite book?
The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday.

Sweet or savoury?
Savoury over sweet every day of the week!

Do you want to have your say in our 5 minutes with interview? Get in touch with courtney.goldsmith@aceville.co.uk

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