I am a Teaching Fellow coordinating Undergraduate Hospitality and Tourism Management classes. Besides my appointment with SBS I work closely with a number of hospitality and tourism professionals based in and around Glasgow. This ensures I stay up to date with the current industry trends and issues which inform my teaching and the class material.
My academic interests address the practical issues of recruitment, training and retention of chefs which to date remain key managerial challenges within the hospitality industry. This interest is the result of 15 years of experience working as a chef in various hospitality outlets, from large hotels to Michelin star restaurants. A key focus of my work addresses the tribal behaviour of chefs as it emerges and is maintained through the social and organisational context. Using ethnographic methods, my previous research projects have investigated the nature of bullying in kitchens and the identity acquisition of aspiring chefs during fix termed internships.