Dream Job: Italy's Nutella maker seeks 60 taste testers - no experience necessary

Lloyd Doyle
August 7, 2018

Officially dubbed "sensory judges", the 60 new employees will work a couple of days a week starting in late September with three months of courses created to help them refine their tasting and smelling skills to the company's satisfaction.

The job listing, posted in Italian, says that Ferrero's research company Soremartec Italia Srl is looking for people interested in learning "how to taste cocoa, hazelnut and other semi-finished sweet products".

So, put down your personalised Nutella jar and find out how you could be gulping down the stuff and getting paid for it. Per the Local, Ferrero is hiring dozens of "non-professional" testers to help them test ingredients at their Italy headquarters in Alba, Piedmont. The lucky chosen ones will learn the correct terminology to describe each taste, and 40 sensory judges will be selected to make up two tasting panels.

Travel + Leisure explains select candidates would be picked to work on a long-term basis for two days every week for two hours when the training program wraps up. The finalists will be offered part-time positions that would allow them to seek other work on the side. Applicants must have no food allergies and must be familiar with using computers. No experience is required but naturally, hopefuls are expected to be chocolate and hazelnut lovers.

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