What was your favourite subject at school? – I always enjoyed practical things, Technology, cooking in Home Economics or experiments in Science. Was neve great at sitting still in class concentrating!
What was your first job? – I had a paper round, then my first kitchen job was on a Saturday in Yes restaurant in Glasgow when I turned 16.
Which is your favourite restaurant /hotel? – So hard to just pick one, L’Enclume was one of my most memorable dining experiences of recent years, it was phenomenal. Loved Sabor last time I was in London too, really unpretentious and the team were so friendly and passionate.
How do you inspire your team – We try to create a culture where people genuinely enjoy coming to work, buy into the ethos of the restaurants and feel proud to be a part of them. We offer career progression to people too, pretty much all of our senior chef and management team have been promoted from within the business.
Which person in hospitality have you most admired / inspired you? – I have a lot of respect for Angela Hartnett, she’s an amazing chef and a great ambassador for the industry.
How do you manage your stress levels? – I’ve started trying to be better at taking a break from my phone when I’m off. It’s good to take a break from all the calls, messages and emails occasionally, otherwise you never really switch off from work.
Instagram, Twitter or Facebook – and why? – Probably Instagram, I’m not very active on any social media though!
If you had not gone into hospitality, where do you think you would be now? – Genuinely don’t know, I’ve never had an inkling to work in any other industry. I love my job now as much as I did when I started almost 22 years ago!
What did you do on your last days off? – I was in a hall full of screaming Primary 2s for my daughter’s 6th birthday party, she had a great day!
What do you do to relax, to support your wellbeing? – Spending time with my kids helps me to switch off from work. Taking our dog, Trevor, a long walk and listening to music or a podcast is probably the most peaceful thing I get to do.