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Hazel McKinlay

Name: Hazel McKinlay

Job Title: Training Advisor

Hazel McKinlay

How long has Hazel worked for Smart Training?

Hazel has been with us for 2 years and 4 months, starting in the Central region and then moving down to the South East. She covers all of Essex and London areas.

What are Hazel's specialisms?

Hazel delivers all hospitality qualifications including Professional Cookery, Food & Beverage Services and Hospitality Management & Supervision.

Hazel also delivers office-based qualifications such as Business Administration, Team Leading, Customer Service and Management Level 3.

Hazel's previous work experience

Hazel was a Head Chef for 5 years and a restaurant manager for 3 years. Her speciality is Mediterranean cooking, and she appeared on an ITV television show with her seafood ravioli dish in 2008, reaching the regional finals for Essex. 

Hazel started her working life as a Kitchen Porter aged 15, working her way up through the ranks until she became a Head Chef aged 27.  Hazel is also a qualified Legal Secretary and she spent two years working as a Finance Secretary in London as a career change. However she returned back to hospitality as a restaurant manager and eventually ended up as a Head Chef again.  

Finally she chose to study for her teaching exams so she could become a Training Advisor and help young people to get into the industry.

Hazel's hobbies & interests

Hazel enjoys spending time with her son, watching motorsports, cooking things and also eating them!

“I love my job and I especially love working with young people and helping them to achieve their dreams. All students are different but everyone can achieve their goals with a little support and encouragement”