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.
How easy was it to find a job?
I applied for job after job but with no experience in this industry it’s hard to get your first break. I took a chance and sent an email to Heidi Stone, who had joined, as it was previously known, MITIE Catering as Sales Director. To cut a long story short, I was offered a joint admin and nutrition position which over the past 3 years has developed into a full time role as company Nutritionist. I am also now registered with the Association for Nutrition and sit on the Nutritionists in Industry committee.
From morning coffee to clocking out we would like to find out a little more about a ‘typical’ day is for you, what-ever time that might be!
There really is no such thing as a typical day for me but I do try to keep a routine where possible.
5.30am to 6am
I will do some exercise, running, Pilates or HIIT (high intensity interval training).
The day starts always with breakfast! Everything from eggs, avocado, fruit, yoghurt, I’ll always couple it with a tea or coffee.
7.30am – 5pm
I’ll be at work, whether that’s getting my head down doing some planning at our office in London Bridge, cooking with our chef development team, running a health and wellbeing event for customers or doing a sales presentation.
I try to be home at a reasonable hour and love cooking dinner for me and my partner; it’s always something different. I also teach 4 fitness classes a week which as well as keeping me in shape, motivates and gives something back to my local community.
Why does Gather & Gather work closely with Springboard?
Gather & Gather work with Springboard because of its commitment to connecting people with great food and inspiring people of any age about the wonderful careers on offer in catering.
Jobs in hospitality and catering are often linked to personalities like Jamie Oliver or big hotel chains, but there are all sorts of pathways into working with food and corporate catering is a great gateway to a career that not many people know about. Through working with Springboard over 20 Gather & Gather employees, including some of our senior chefs, have become Springboard Ambassadors.
Gather & Gather’s Ambassadors visit schools and colleges inspiring young people about the career opportunities on offer, sharing our experiences with students and our head chefs have also taken part in judging catering competitions. This March three employees are taking part in the Springboard’s Trek to Little Tibet 2015 aiming to work with local people in northern India and trekking in the foothills of the Himalayas. All the funds raised will go towards Springboard’s vital work of helping young people achieve their potential, nurturing unemployed people of any age into work and helping to alleviate poverty.