Time Out: Julie Byrne, Managing Director of The School of Artisan Food

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It’s Friday, and the weekend is just around the corner. That means it is time to kick up your feet and relax with some quick fire questions. This week’s ‘Time Out’ features Julie Byrne, Managing Director of The School of Artisan Food, who it turns out is a seasoned traveller and a huge Bowie fan…

What is the first thing you do to get the weekend started?                                           Once I have got home from work, taken the dog out, put the washing in and eaten our ‘family fish-and-chip-Friday’ supper, it’s definitely time for the weekend to begin …. So it’s feet up with a good book and a glass or two of something nice.

What is your hobby?                                                                                                         25 years ago, my husband Richard and I had a sabbatical year to backpack around the world and we still have the bug, so together with our 2 sons we travel at every available opportunity. This summer we are all backpacking around Thailand and into Cambodia.

I also love all forms of live performance (the last band I saw was the Stereophonics, the next, The Rolling Stones), spending time with my family and friends and walking our ever-so-slightly crazy Golden Retriever, Tess.

What is your favourite movie?                                                                                         It’s so difficult to choose one film, but Truly, Madly, Deeply is up there, Alan Rickman’s performance is superb. I also love Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, the twist contest scene is just so cool, and my favourite Disney film is Beauty and the Beast, I still enjoy singing along with ‘be our guest’.

If you hadn’t been successful at what you do, what would you be doing instead as career?                                                                                                                               My Mum taught me how to bake and I have always loved it, but inspired by my fabulous team here at The School of Artisan Food and my expert tutors, I would like to think that I could be an exceptional artisan baker and run a successful, lifestyle, small business, championing the cause of ‘small’ food as a delicious, affordable alternative to ‘big’ food..

If you could have any superpower what would it be?                                                     Not very original, I know, but it would definitely have to be flight, some sort of wing manifestation which would enable me to ride the air currents and quite literally soar like an eagle.

What is your favourite genre of music?                                                                           I love lots of different genres of music and would be hopeless choosing my play list for Desert Island Discs, that being said, the last album I actually bought was Blackstar, just before David Bowie died. Bowie provided the sound track to my youth, I vividly remember listening to my friend’s older sister’s LP Diamond Dogs when I was about twelve. I love Heroes (can you believe that was released in 1977?) but my enduring favourite is Station to Station, the best track ever, Wild is the Wind was released as a single in 1981 when I was a student in Manchester.

If you could travel to any moment in time where would you go?                                   In the year we are celebrating 100 years since (some) women were allowed to vote for the first time, I would have to say 1918. I would be fabulous to see those gutsy women paving the way for the rest of us to follow.