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Personal Statement

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.   

Research Interests

  • Participant observations in risk filled work environments
  • Gastronomy and its implications on the Hospitality and Tourism Industry
  • The Sociology of Chefs
  • Employment relations in the Culinary Industry

Teaching Interests

I currently teach on numerous undergraduate modules including:

  • Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism Management (UG level 1)
  • Event Management and Working in the Third Sector (UG level 3)
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Across all my teaching, I am committed to:

  • Create a stimulating, versatile and encouraging learning atmosphere.
  • Consistently individualise instruction, based on student's needs and interests.
  • Develop inspiring hands-on lessons to strengthen students’ practical and social skills.
  • Help the students to build cooperative and professional relationships with industry professionals.

Over the past years, I have received several nominations for Teaching Excellence Awards. This highlights my ability to engage with students and stimulate learning through a practical and imaginative teaching approach.

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shortage Social Sciences
industry Social Sciences
Hospitality industry Business & Economics
Sociology Business & Economics
Gastronomy Business & Economics
Industry Business & Economics
Tourism industry Business & Economics
Chefs Business & Economics

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Projects 2019 2019

Catering for Scotland's future skills needs: Attracting, training and retaining young chefs

Anderson, P., Baum, T. & Bourkel, T.

3/01/1930/04/19

Project: ResearchResearch, Research (Internally Funded)

Research Output 2019 2019

  • 1 Commissioned report

Catering for Scotland's Future Skills Needs: Attracting, Training and Retaining Chefs

Anderson, P., Baum, T., Bourkel, T. & Butler, J., 30 Jun 2019, Glasgow. 73 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

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industry