Case study

Hannah blends passion and patience to create success

Our graduate Hannah Kidd is passionate about creating tasty but healthy dishes. She is a devotee of ‘clean eating’ and has used that passion and her entrepreneurial spirit to create a successful business.

Learning the skills

Success needs perseverance and patience. Hannah learned both of these on our Culinary Arts and International Hospitality Management Joint Honours course at our Buxton Campus. She set up her own business, Dubbing Good Food, in Buxton after graduating and, four years on, she has a five-star (on TripAdvisor and Facebook) eatery.

Hannah says: “I am four years down the line in my clean-eating business and I realise that, without the University teaching me to study and focus on what I want, I may not have been as persistent with the future of my shop.”

What is clean eating?

It’s all about creating a healthy, ‘clean’ diet by knowing where your food has come from and what’s in it. We’ll let Hannah explain.

“Rather than revolving around the idea of eating more or less of specific things (for instance, fewer calories or more protein),” she says, “the idea is more about being mindful of the food’s pathway between its origin and your plate.

“Clean eating is about eating whole foods, or 'real' foods — those that are un- or minimally processed, refined and handled, making them as close to their natural form as possible.”

Another focus for Hannah is being as sustainable as possible. She says: “We buy pretty much everything locally. I’m really passionate about the environmental side of the business. I want us to be as environmentally friendly as we possibly can.”

Inspiring lecturers

Hannah took her motivation from her lecturers and says: “I enjoyed swapping stories of the food industry and my experience of travel. I took inspiration from the fact that the people teaching us had passion and determination for our subject choices.

“The determination of the lecturers and encouragement I received made me see the positives in learning as much about the food industry as I could.”


Hannah is a single mum of two and it’s not been easy for her but, with sheer determination, she has achieved her goals. She says: “The University of Derby’s Buxton Campus was on my doorstep and gave me the opportunity to better myself in my home town, staying close to my family.”

Woman behind the counter in a cafe

From day one I had positive experiences at the Buxton campus. I have no regrets choosing the University of Derby.

Hannah Kidd
Joint Honours in Culinary Arts and International Hospitality Management