Before going to university I decided to take some time out. I worked for six months as a waitress at an Italian restaurant in the UK. Then I inter-railed around Europe absorbing the history and culture. Additionally, I was very impressed by the general level of culinary expertise throughout all the countries I visited. After my tour of Europe I spent four months, living in a tent, working with 5-17 years as an outdoor specialist at a summer camp in Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

I have always had an interest in the hospitality and tourism industry. While at school I worked for a recruitment company that dealt with corporate events. I was employed as part of the team who was responsible for setting up and working at various functions. This experience, together with my time spent in Europe and the States, reaffirmed my interest in the hospitality and tourism industry.

I absolutely love the course I am studying. It’s so exciting in that it is so diverse and combines both practice and theory – from studying at the Edinburgh New Cookery School and staging our own events, such as Christmas lunches, to watching a demonstration of cocktail making by a guest speaker from Harvey Nichols. We have also had the opportunity to participate in wine tasting and visiting a whisky distillery.

"I absolutely love the course I am studying. It’s so exciting in that it is so diverse and combines both practice and theory – from studying at the Edinburgh New Cookery School and staging our own events, such as Christmas lunches, to watching a demonstration of cocktail making by a guest speaker from Harvey Nichols."
Kate Hughes

However, the highlight so far has been conducting my own industrial placement in the United States. I worked at the Round Hill Country Club in Greenwich, Connecticut for six months where I learned so much about the industry and myself. As a member of the waiting staff team I actually served the Secretary for Defence, Chuck Hagel.

The lecturing team are so approachable and are passionate about their subjects. I am really looking forward to the final year of the course as I am sure I will continue to learn even more about different aspects of the industry. It will be great to finally graduate and get back out into the working environment.

 

Story published 2016-2017