Aberdeen mum named chief dark chocolate taster for North-east firm

Gayle Veitch.
Gayle Veitch.

An Aberdeen mum has scooped the sweetest job in the world after being named chief dark chocolate taster for a North-east firm.

Gayle Veitch has landed the dream job at Inverurie-based firm Mackie’s.

She will now test new flavours, review products and competitor analysis.

The mum-of-two was shortlisted from 2,600 entrants for what was described as the “sweetest job in the world”.

The 38-year-old said: “I’m delighted. I am going to be tasting lots and lots of chocolate and helping to develop new chocolate.

“I am due to start next month and my understanding is that they will send chocolate out.”I’ve to taste it and give feedback.”

She added: “I will have a £20 budget each month and have to buy different brands and give feedback on them.”

dream job:  Gayle Veitch has been named chief dark chocolate tester for Mackie’s.

Gayle, of Riverside Drive, landed the dream role after entrants were asked to submit a new chocolate idea. She made it to the last two with her dark chocolate raspberry and rose chocolate that was inspired by her daughter Rose.

Gayle went head-to-head with 11-year-old Jaime-lee O’Neill, of Glasgow, the creator of popcorn and peanut butter chocolate.

The public were asked to vote on which bar Mackie’s should roll out to supermarkets.

The final decision was 50% public votes and 50% Mackie’s tasting panel.

A spokeswoman for Mackie’s said they had such a great response they decided to double up and pick both ladies.

Gayle said: “My daughters are delighted. We have just been reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, so it is quite fitting. I am a big chocolate fan.”

Gayle has landed a 12-month job with the company.