Batter Features

30 Minutes With….

…Ryan Baker, sales manager, Middleton Foods

What words of wisdom would you pass on to your childhood self?
Enjoy yourself as much as possible, comb your hair while you have the chance and try to pay more attention in chip shops.

How did you get in to the industry?
I started as a helper on my brother’s delivery van in 1989 and gradually worked my way up from there. Middleton’s was about to launch a new batter and the rest, as they say, is history.

If you could change jobs with anyone else for the day who would it be?
Rafa Benitez, the Newcastle manager. I would love an insight into the club and would pick myself as a 93rd minute substitution!

What’s your favourite film?
I’m a film fanatic so this is a difficult one for me. I think in the end I will plump for ‘Leon’. It’s a great film and my youngest son was born on the night I watched it last.

What was the first music single you bought?
It was either ‘Shout’ by Tears for Fears or ‘Pipes of Peace’ by Paul McCartney. Neither are particularly great are they?!

Do you have a nickname?
Rhino. I picked it up due to my rather robust attitude to fleet footed left wingers when I played football.

What did you want to be as a child?
A footballer as a young child and a fighter pilot as I got older. Luckily for me I have found a job that I love doing so all’s well that ends well.

If you could have anyone join your team who would it be?

Another tough one. We have a brilliant team at Middleton’s and I am really proud to be a part of it. One of the things we always try to do is have fun while we work, so Micky Flanagan, the comedian, would fit right in.

What’s your favourite food?

Curry. I do love a curry with the wife and kids or family and friends on the weekend. Aside from that it’s crisps. I just cannot resist them.

What sports team do you support?

I love all sports and I enjoy seeing great teams play in various games, but the love of my life is Newcastle United. My dad took me and my brother as toddlers and the passion is exactly the same to this day.

If you could meet anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you ask them?

Winston Churchill. As a history buff I wouldn’t ask anything specific, just talk about things in general.

If you were Prime Minister for a day what’s the first thing you would do?

I would abandon the electoral vote. I would have a government that was in place for the good of the people and not silly party politics and point scoring. I would employ the best people for the job on a permanent basis, whatever their political leanings. It is how real businesses operate.

If you could go back in time what year would you choose
Monday June 5th 1944. The night before D-Day.

Do you have any hobbies?

Similar to most people I would have thought…spending time with the family, having a beer and watching the football with family and friends whenever possible. I do enjoy going to see comedians. Maybe that’s why I have so many old jokes!

What question would you like to ask our next “30 minutes with”?
What’s your favourite place in the UK and why?


National Fish and Chip Day giveaway

NEODA, the organiser of National Fish and Chip Day, has set up two promotions ahead of the big day on Friday 1st June.

New and improved range of Neptune’s batters

Middleton’s has worked in partnership with local friers to develop a new and improved range of Neptune’s batter mixes. These new products have been fine-tuned and tested to ensure they are perfect

Plymouth chippy opens solely gluten free takeaway

A popular Plymouth fish and chip shop is to open a dedicated gluten free takeaway just three doors away from its current premises

Middleton's Ryan Baker appointed NEODA president

Ryan Baker, sales manager at Middleton Foods, has been elected as the new president of The National Edible Oils and Distributors' Association (NEODA)
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