What prepared you for work in hospitality?
I have always had a great interest in food, sport and health. When I left school (in Australia) I travelled for a few years and then decided to turn my passion into my career and go to university in London, one of the best places to study in the world. After 3 years of full time university and working part time on a helpdesk I graduated with a joint honours degree in Human Nutrition & Sports Science.
I started my career at Ed’s Easy Diner in July 2013 as a grill chef. I was trained to Ed’s Standards to produce high quality food within the kitchen. After working hard and establishing myself as a leading member of the kitchen team I was asked to assist with new diner openings both training prior to opening and supporting during the opening week. This entailed training new grill chefs to a high standard as well as coaching them during service.
My confidence grew with each open I was involved with and I realised that this was something I’d like to do as a career. I’m now a kitchen trainer for Ed’s, traveling around the country to train and support chefs in both new and existing diners, ensuring with the use of training materials and audits that they are all complying with company standards. I love my job.
The British Hospitality Association’s (BHA) national campaign The Big Hospitality Conversation yesterday teamed up with Tottenham Hotspur Foundation to generate over 2,000 job opportunities, work placements and apprenticeships in the hospitality sector for 16-24 year old Haringey residents.