Tell us a little bit about your career journey.
After leaving school I initially wanted to work as a joiner, after a short career of 12 months, (smashing a very expensive window was the final straw) I decided it wasn’t for me and followed my real passion into a career in food. After 14 years as a chef, ranging from 5* Hotels and award-winning restaurants, I decided to follow another passion, which is to support others and become a teacher. After starting as a training advisor, offering on-the-job training across the entire North East was my first glimpse of a career in Education and I took on my first teaching role in 2004.
Is your current occupation what you always wanted to do?
I have always loved food, since being young and helping in the kitchen at home, teaching a subject that I’m passionate about is amazing as I get to share my love and skills as well as cook. Win, win!
What have you learned along the way?
I have learnt so many vital skills; time management and organisation are among the most important. Keeping on top of your subject knowledge and skills is also vital in a job role as new and emerging techniques keep the role fresh and exciting.
What is your top career tip?
Working hard, always trying your best and listening to advice and guidance. Have a goal to aim towards and make plans to achieve them. Also, there is no such thing as a silly question…ask lots.