Comment: Hungry to learn

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It sounds like the dream of every aspiring bon vivant and the ultimate slackers’ paradise.

Spending a year studying the world’s finest food and drink – and all in the name of science. Who wouldn’t want to give it a shot?

But there is a serious side to Queen Margaret University’s masters degree in gourmet studies, the first of its kind in the UK.

It makes perfect sense to ensure culinary expertise is passed on to the next generation of talent.

Much of the food and drink we produce in Scotland is famous around the world and recognised for its high quality.

The industry currently generates around £10 billion a year for the country’s economy, and there are ambitious targets to increase that to a staggering £17bn within four years, creating thousands of new jobs.

Now that is something to which we can all raise a glass.