OTM 1: Follow the yellow brick road


Welcome to Episode 1 of Off the Menu. In our very first episode, we cover the backstory and start mapping the yellow brick road to success and satisfaction for those working in the food industry. HACCP Mentor and Peter Holtmann dive into career development for newbies and professionals working in the food industry. Listen in to learn about the skills, knowledge, personal attributes and work experience needed to map your food industry career path.

Episode 1 Highlights

  • The Off the Menu mission
  • Climbing the food industry ladder
  • Does Peter get bored easily?
  • Along comes Quality
  • Half A Chicken Chips and Pepsi
  • How to be an auditor
  • Assessing auditor credentials
  • Government inspectors actually know stuff
  • A chance meeting
  • Transitioning to self-employment
  • A purpose of protection
  • The art of the bribe
  • Flexibility is key
  • Passionate about promoting change
  • Good risk or bad risk?
  • The pathway forward

8 thoughts on “OTM 1: Follow the yellow brick road”

  1. This was a very interesting and educational podcast. It takes me back to where I started with my career in quality and food safety .looking forward to hearing the next podcast. Thank you Amanda and Pete

  2. That was interesting. I learnt a lot from both you on where you 2 started off in your career. Amanda where you started off was same as me. But interestingly as you said food safety was never a topic at uni that is taught from year one to year 3 but rather component probably taught only in the first year. But thanks to people like you two that through your experience you have laid a platform that others can learn from. HACCP for example came on the spot in the late 90s for most Pacific Islands, but do we as Pacific Islanders have experts out there that can walk the talk ? I dont think so therefore with such recordings they are really helpful.
    Thank you Amanda and Peter.

    1. Amanda Evans-Lara

      Thank you so much for your very kind review Ethel and feedback on our podcast “Off the Menu”. Both Pete and I are most thankful to be in the position in our careers where we can help to nurture and mentor food safety professionals who may not have as much experience as us.

      We have more podcasts coming so stay tuned 😉

  3. Good introduction discussion for persons to listen and learn. professional and casual conversation that is open to listening and advice. Nice introduction on Peter’s and Amanda’s career paths and how their trek continued to expand and grow to current role and responsibilities. Good point about mentor’s importance in the development of your careers. Nice podcast.

    1. Amanda Evans-Lara

      Thanks Tom! Pete and I enjoyed recording this podcast and look forward to you listening to the next 11 episodes we have planned on this topic 😉

    2. Great podcast. Listening to Peter I went down to my memory lanes as I also have worked in a Multinational FMCG where I worked initially in Manufacturing then in Quality also nicknamed QFS since1980 till 2016. You need not shift places to learn but can stay at single profession and be a participant as a person who gets along with changes in career.
      Half A Chicken Chips n Pepsi!
      Hats off to Amanda to hear her experience which was amazing to hear how she managed bearing kids

      1. Amanda Evans-Lara

        Thanks for the feedback Deepak. I am really glad you enjoyed it. The ‘Half A Chicken Chips n Pepsi’ reference still makes me laugh. I can’t believe I have got this far without knowing that one :))) There is a lot more to come, so stay tuned!

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