Food Science Major Margaret Gadomski ’19 Hired by Blommer Chocolate Company
“In this position, I work on the operations and systems of quality for chocolate,” said Gadomski. “I also get to evaluate the chocolate using my senses.”
When she started looking at universities, she already had a culinary foundation and high hopes to expand it.
“In high school, I spent half my day in classes and the other half of the day working in a restaurant that was part of our technical school,” said Gadomski. “I also worked in Italian kitchens and other restaurants, so I had a lot of experience.”
The Telford, Pennsylvania native said she was looking for a college experience that would give her both the practical and academic experience to meet her career goals.
“It has always been my dream to research, develop and produce products for others to enjoy,” said Gadomski.
Determined to find the right fit, Gadomski visited other schools with food science programs, but DelVal was clearly the best choice, she said.
“I chose DelVal because of the small campus feel—I really enjoy that because you have a personal connection with your professors and get a lot of hands-on experience,” said Gadomski.
At DelVal, Gadomski worked as a senior resident assistant for three years, in the food science labs for three years, and for Admission providing campus tours. She was also involved in Food Club.
Gadomski, a Dean’s List student, earned a merit scholarship from the Institute of Food Technologists four years in a row. She was also honored with a Departmental Award from the University’s Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Management and, she received the Glick Liberal Arts Scholarship from the University.
The close community on campus gave her a chance to get to know her professors.
“My favorite part of the campus is how helpful the professors are,” said Gadomski. “They know you and they want to help you in any way possible. They help you to find scholarships and internship opportunities.”
Her internship with Uncle Dave’s Ice Cream—which she applied for based on the advice of one of her food science professors—gave her the expertise to develop two new ice cream products.
“I made and sold my own products,” said Gadomski. “I worked closely with my boss and another student, Moriah Galloway, at the creamery. We developed a mint chocolate chip flavor (for DelVal’s colors) hand-dipped in dark Belgian chocolate and a chocolate ice cream with chocolate chips, hand-dipped in dark Belgian chocolate. And, DelVal was actually our first buyer—the ice cream flavors were made available at The Pub, so I was really excited about that.”
Gadomski’s internship at the creamery gave her experience in food product research, development and production. She also had a chance to work on the product’s nutrition label and packaging.
After interning with the creamery, Gadomski got another internship at Blommer Chocolate in research and development, where she had a chance to work with new ingredients doing test trials.
“I found both of my internships through my DelVal professors,” said Gadomski. “And, my internship at Blommer Chocolate turned into a full-time job.”
She said DelVal’s focus on real-world experience helped her find internships and ultimately a great job in her field.
“The hands-on experience I gained at DelVal helped me because it gave me something to talk about in interviews,” said Gadomski. “I also came in knowing how to use some of the equipment already from my labs here which really helped.”