”I am absolutely delighted to join the team at Hub International as Head of Culinary Education and look forward to sharing my knowledge and passion of this dynamic industry to inspire the next generation of Hospitality Superstars.”
Hi, my name is Lauren. Some of you may come to know me as Chef Lauren as we meet in the kitchen. I’ve been fortunate to be part of this growing industry for 20 years and I’ve had an absolute ball along the way. From the age of 18 I started front of house, first there was the banter from the Glasgow bar fly’s, then I packed up and took my beer pulling talents to the beaches of Thailand and my fine dining service skills to the Australian coasts. Not forgetting important wine list forming missions to Champagne, of course!
This industry has afforded me fantastic opportunities to travel, meet diverse cultures and make friends for life. After 10 years charming Glasgow’s elite in the dining room, the buzz of the kitchen started calling my name. I studied patisserie at City of Glasgow College where I was also awarded a Medallion of Excellence at the World Skills UK competition. After college, I worked as a pastry chef in such renowned restaurants as Rogano, Stravaigin and the The Balmoral Hotel.
Next, I was very fortunate to be involved with legendary chefs Albert and Michel Roux Jnr in setting up and opening their first Chez Roux restaurant in the region.
In 2016 I met with the amazing team at Tennent’s Training Academy and discovered my love for teaching and training through delivering cookery classes. My days were filled with sharing the knowledge and skills I’ve picked up along the way. Its amazing to see so many of my young trainees going on to rewarding careers in professional kitchens.
However, the Covid-19 pandemic threw a little curveball with the closures it brought but in this industry, we are resilient, we adapt and we thrive. Miss ‘Rona brought me to the doors of Sweet Jane Bakehouse, who started as a new business the very first week of lockdowns. We wouldn’t let a small thing like a global pandemic stop us from slinging sourdough though and Sweet Jane has emerged as one of Glasgow’s best Artisan bakery’s.
Seeing the skills gap growing in the industry has only reinforced my passion and desire to share what a challenging but fun and rewarding career this can be. I can’t think of a better team to be joining than Hub International who offer amazing training and development opportunities to help people realise their full potential.
I am looking forward to getting out and about to all the classrooms, workplaces & community events we are supporting, and I will hopefully see you soon in our new training kitchen at Platform, Argyle Street Arches